The Iowa House passed HF 2495 Monday, April 30, that will give the judicial branch $3.5 million in new funding for FY19. According to Gary Worthan, chair of the House Justice System Appropriations Subcommittee, the Senate has agreed to that number as well.
Originally, the Senate had proposed $2.2 million in new funding while the House proposed $4.3 million.
The new funding brings the judicial branch budget to $177.5 million, which is $3.4 million more than the current FY18 appropriation after the de-appropriation. It means that the judicial branch will be able to maintain current service levels in all 99 counties, according to Todd Nuccio, state court administrator.
“This is good news, and we really appreciate everyone’s outreach to legislators in support of the budget,” says Molly Kottmeyer, counsel to the chief justice.
Language to allow the supreme court to set judicial officer salaries for FY19 was removed from the bill, despite efforts to keep it intact. The court will make the final decisions regarding the budget in June, according to Kottmeyer.