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CS/HB 1049 — Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims

by Government Operations and Technology Appropriations Subcommittee and Rep. Stone and others (CS/SB 1298 by Appropriations Committee and Senator Simmons)

This summary is provided for information only and does not represent the opinion of any Senator, Senate Officer, or Senate Office.

Prepared by: Judiciary Committee (JU)

The bill requires judges of compensation claims to be paid “a salary equal to that of a county court judge,” which is currently $27,258 higher than the salary of a judge of compensation claims. The bill sets the salary of the Deputy Chief Judge of Compensation Claims at $1,000 more than that of a county court judge. County court judges are currently paid $151,822 per year.

To fund these salary increases, the bill appropriates $1,114,078 in recurring funds from the Division of Administrative Hearing’s Operating Trust Fund.

If approved by the Governor, these provisions take effect July 1, 2020.

Vote: Senate 39-0; House 118-0