Friday, March 11, 2011

Appellate court: State agencies can't pay Bar dues

An appellate court has ruled that state agencies cannot pay Bar dues for their employees who are lawyers.

A First District Court of Appeal opinion released on Thursday reversed a lower court's decision that said the agencies could pay Bar dues out of their budgets.

The appellate court agreed with previous opinions of the attorney general's office that state law prohibits payments to maintain a worker's professional status.

Membership in The Florida Bar is mandatory for all attorneys licensed in the state, and currently costs $265 a year.

The court's opinion sympathized with the plight of underpaid government lawyers, but said it was up to the Legislature to change the law.

By The Associated Press


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