Miffed lawmakers told the California State Bar on Tuesday to stop charging members $10 a year to finance a new office building in Los Angeles — a building that the Legislature never approved.
The Senate Judiciary Committee — on orders from Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata — also tacked on language in pending Bar dues legislation that will force Bar officials to refund any of those building fund fees that they’ve stashed away in reserve. That money, which could total $580,000 at the end of this year after expenses are paid, would be refunded in the form of a small credit to each member’s 2008 dues bill, said committee Chairwoman Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro.
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