Court-fee bill looks like another money grab

Rep. Mark Kahrs, R-Wichita, said that a House-passed bill that puts revenue from court docket fees under the control of the Legislature would provide “more transparency, more accountability and more trust,” the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. But others see it as yet another attempt by the Legislature to sweep up designated fees and use them for other purposes. Rep. Jim Ward, D-Wichita, noted that the docket fees were instituted because the Legislature was inadequately funding the courts. The only people who think the state won’t use this money to cover its budget shortfalls, Ward said, also “believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny.”