Civil Legal Assistance Act funding is still a possibility

first_img Civil Legal Assistance Act funding is still a possibility Civil Legal Assistance Act funding is still a possibility Despite a tight state budget, funding for Florida’s Civil Legal Assistance Act is still possible for next year.Rep. Dudley Goodlette, R-Naples, said he was successful in passing an amendment on the floor of the House placing $500,000 for the second year of the program in the 2003-04 proposed House budget. He said the Senate apparently did not include any money for the program in its budget.The act was one of the Bar’s top priorities last year, and the $2 million appropriated then marked the first time state monies had been used to support legal aid programs. Until then, Florida had been one of only 11 states that didn’t provide some sort of state funding for legal aid.The money was split between seven test circuits and used to help low-income families with a variety of civil legal problems they can typically face.“I’m hopeful when we get to conference [where the House and Senate will work out their budget differences] I’ll be able to find a little more money and get the funding up into the $2 million or more range,” Goodlette said.He conceded with the state facing its toughest fiscal pinch in recent years, that won’t be easy, but added, “It’s still the right thing to do. From my perspective that’s the kind of program that helps people gain access to the courts.”center_img April 30, 2003 Regular Newslast_img

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