General Assembly: 85 (2014 Regular GA) - Chapter 1137 - Appropriations — judicial branch


Published: 2014-05-30

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CHAPTER 1137 APPROPRIATIONS — JUDICIAL BRANCH

H.F. 2449

AN ACT relating to appropriations to the judicial branch.

Be It Enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Iowa:

Section 1. 2013 Iowa Acts, chapter 133, section 7, is amended to read as follows: SEC. 7. JUDICIAL BRANCH. 1. There is appropriated from the general fund of the state to the judicial branch for the

fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014, and ending June 30, 2015, the following amount, or so much thereof as is necessary, to be used for the purposes designated: a. For salaries of supreme court justices, appellate court judges, district court judges,

district associate judges, associate juvenile judges, associate probate judges, judicial magistrates and staff, state court administrator, clerk of the supreme court, district court administrators, clerks of the district court, juvenile court officers, board of law examiners and board of examiners of shorthand reporters and judicial qualifications commission; receipt and disbursement of child support payments; reimbursement of the auditor of state for expenses incurred in completing audits of the offices of the clerks of the district court during the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014; and maintenance, equipment, and miscellaneous purposes: .......................................................................................................................... $ 82,299,684

171,486,612 b. For deposit in the revolving fund created pursuant to section 602.1302, subsection 3, for

jury and witness fees, mileage, costs related to summoning jurors, fees for interpreters, and reimbursement of attorney fees paid by the state public defender: .......................................................................................................................... $ 1,550,000

3,100,000 2. The judicial branch, except for purposes of internal processing, shall use the current

state budget system, the state payroll system, and the Iowa finance and accounting system in administration of programs and payments for services, and shall not duplicate the state payroll, accounting, and budgeting systems. 3. The judicial branch shall submit monthly financial statements to the legislative services

agency and the department of management containing all appropriated accounts in the same manner as provided in the monthly financial status reports and personal services usage reports of the department of administrative services. The monthly financial statements shall include a comparison of the dollars and percentage spent of budgeted versus actual revenues and expenditures on a cumulative basis for full-time equivalent positions and dollars. 4. The judicial branch shall focus efforts upon the collection of delinquent fines, penalties,

court costs, fees, surcharges, or similar amounts. 5. It is the intent of the general assembly that the offices of the clerks of the district court

operate in all 99 counties and be accessible to the public as much as is reasonably possible in order to address the relative needs of the citizens of each county. 6. In addition to the requirements for transfers under section 8.39, the judicial branch shall

not change the appropriations from the amounts appropriated to the judicial branch in this division of this Act, unless notice of the revisions is given prior to their effective date to the legislative services agency. The notice shall include information on the branch’s rationale for making the changes and details concerning the workload and performance measures upon which the changes are based. 7. The judicial branch shall submit a semiannual update to the legislative services agency

specifying the amounts of fines, surcharges, and court costs collected using the Iowa court information system since the last report. The judicial branch shall continue to facilitate the sharing of vital sentencing and other information with other state departments and governmental agencies involved in the criminal justice system through the Iowa court information system.

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8. The judicial branch shall provide a report to the general assembly by January 1, 2015, concerning the amounts received and expended from the enhanced court collections fund created in section 602.1304 and the court technology and modernization fund created in section 602.8108, subsection 7, during the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013, and ending June 30, 2014, and the plans for expenditures from each fund during the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014, and ending June 30, 2015. A copy of the report shall be provided to the legislative services agency. 9. It is the intent of the general assembly that the judicial branch emphasize the expansion

of family treatment courts on a statewide basis.

Approved May 30, 2014

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