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Members of the New York State Bar Association met with state lawmakers this week to lobby against a proposed increase to the two-year attorney registration fee, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo pitched last month as an additional funding source for indigent legal services.

Attorneys with the State Bar were also at the capitol to push other reforms, said president Michael Miller, from changes to the state’s laws on criminal discovery to simpler forms designating power of attorney. Miller is a trust and estates attorney from Manhattan.

The two latter issues were already among the priorities of the State Bar, but the proposed registration fee hike came out of left field when Cuomo unveiled his executive budget proposal last month. The plan would increase the biennial fee from $375 to $425, with the extra $50 going directly to fund indigent legal services, or constitutionally mandated legal counsel for low-income defendants.

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Dan M. Clark

Dan M. Clark is the Albany reporter for the New York Law Journal. He covers the state Court of Appeals, the state legislature, state regulators, and more. Email Dan anytime at [email protected]

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