Attorneys in New York were spared an increase to the two-year registration fee in this year’s state budget approved by lawmakers earlier this week, but the rate of pay for 18-B attorneys, or assigned counsel, will also stay flat for at least another year under the spending plan.

The registration fee was unmoved from the current biennial rate of $375 after lawmakers rejected a proposal from Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier this year to fund constitutionally mandated legal services for low-income defendants with a $50 increase to the charge.

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