Florida budget panel restores funding to court clerks

TALLAHASSEE — A panel of lawmakers has approved Gov. Rick Scott's request to restore nearly $30 million in budget cuts for Florida's court clerks.

The Legislative Budget Commission on Thursday in Tallahassee gave the 67 clerks, one in each county, authority to tap increased fee and fine collections that have resulted from the passage of a new law.

Without that change, the clerks were facing the prospect of laying off hundreds of employees, closing branch offices and cutting office hours.

Leon County Court Clerk Bob Inzer told lawmakers some already have taken those steps since the new state budget went into effect July 1.

The commission also approved accepting nearly $2.3 million in federal funds for the Florida National Guard to help provide security for the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

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