Kansas House Appropriations Committee approves plan to stop dividing docket fees to special funds, 100% goes to State General Fund

It is not at all uncommon for court fees to be divided with $X or Y% going to a particular fund.  Kansas’ structure for docket fees in this regard are relatively common. Current law (K.S.A. § 20-367) for example provides the following breakdown for docket fees. Under HB 2338, as approved by the House Appropriations Committee this morning, there would be a simplified version: it all goes to the State General Fund.

Fund July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2013 July 1, 2013 forward (as of today)
HB 2338 of 2013
judicial performance fund 3.05%  —
access to justice fund 4.24% 4.37%
juvenile detention facilities fund 2.35% 2.42%
judicial branch education fund 1.81% 1.87%
crime victims assistance fund 0.48% 0.50%
protection from abuse fund 2.31% 2.38%
judiciary technology fund 3.66% 3.78%
dispute resolution fund 0.29% 0.30%
Kansas juvenile delinquency prevention trust fund 1.07% 1.10%
permanent families account in the family and children investment fund 0.18% 0.19%
trauma fund 1.27% 1.31%
judicial council fund 0.96% 0.99%
child exchange and visitation centers fund 0.58% 0.60%
judicial branch nonjudicial salary adjustment fund 15.54% 16.03%
judicial branch nonjudicial salary initiative fund 15.37% 15.85%
state general fund Balance  (46.84%) Balance (48.31%) 100%