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SACRAMENTO � The State Bar faces a potential $12 million deficit by 2010 unless it secures additional revenues, state Auditor Elaine Howle concluded in a report released Thursday. A $25 hike in annual membership fees could prove to be one solution, but Bar leaders may have a tough time convincing the Legislature to approve a dues increase unless they complete a long-awaited strategic plan for the organization, Howle said. State Bar Executive Director Judy Johnson said that while some of the audit’s findings were based on out-of-date information, the Bar generally agreed with the report’s recommendations. The auditor’s 50-page report ( .pdf) also found:

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