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Bill would help pay off state attorneys’, PDs’ student loans

first_img March 1, 2002 Regular News More law school graduates may take jobs in public service, thanks to a bill passed by the House Judicial Oversight Committee in mid-February.HB 307 by Reps. Jerry Paul, R-Port Charlotte, and Jack Seiler, D-Ft. Lauderdale, would require the Justice Administrative Commission to provide financial assistance for assistant state attorneys and public defenders with law school student loans.“These law school loans are a tremendous burden,” Paul said.Seiler added that the bipartisan bill could help lower the high turnover rate in these jobs and will “help keep the best and the brightest” in public service.“We think that as many as 40 percent of our legal workforce is affected by student loan problems,” Seiler said. “They cannot work a 40- or 50-hour workweek in public service and pay their student loans.”The bill provides that once an assistant state attorney or public defender has served in that position for three years, the commission would make yearly payments of up to $3,000 to the student loan lender on behalf of the lawyer. After six years of continuous service, the payment would increase to up to $5,000.The financial assistance would end upon completion of payment of the loan, completion of 12 years of continuous service, or when the payments have reached the $44,000 cap.Third Circuit State Attorney Jerry Blair, president of the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, praised the bill, saying, “We face a situation where people want to enter public service [but] are really, literally, awash in debt.”Second Circuit Public Defender Nancy Daniels, president of the Florida Public Defenders Association, and more than a dozen public defenders and state attorneys in the audience also voiced their support for the bill.“We’re here holding hands with our colleagues on the other side of the courtroom,” Blair said.The bill will now be heard in Criminal Justice Appropriations before coming before the full House. The Senate version, SB 1138, sponsored by Sen. Skip Campbell, D-Tamarac, has been referred to the Judiciary, Governmental Oversight and Productivity, and Appropriations committees, as well as the Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Safety and the Judiciary. Bill would help pay off state attorneys’, PDs’ student loanscenter_img Bill would help pay off state attorneys’, PDs’ student loanslast_img read more

Coronavirus cases rising in Saudi Arabia, UAE after curfews lifted

first_imgSaudi Arabia’s coronavirus infections have passed 200,000 and neighboring United Arab Emirates 50,000, with the number of new cases climbing after the Arab world’s two largest economies fully lifted curfews last month.Restrictions had been in place in both countries since mid-March and their gradual lifting has allowed commercial businesses and public venues to reopen.Other Gulf countries have also moved to ease restrictions, although Kuwait has maintained a partial curfew and Qatar, Bahrain and Oman did not impose one at all. Saudi Arabia, which has the highest count among the six Gulf states, reported more than 4,100 cases on Friday and on Saturday to take its total to 205,929, with 1,858 deaths. The daily tally first rose above 4,000 in mid-June, but had dipped.The United Arab Emirates, where daily infection rates recently dropped to between 300 and 400 from a peak of some 900 in late May, registered more than 600 cases on Friday and over 700 on Saturday, taking its toll to 50,857, with 321 deaths.Dubai, the region’s business and tourism hub is due to reopen to foreign visitors on July 7, although this has not been implemented at a federal level in the UAE, which does not provide a breakdown of cases for each of its seven emirates.Qatar, which has the second highest regional infection rate, has seen its daily case numbers fall from a peak of more than 2,000 in late May to around 500 on Saturday, bringing it near to 100,000 cases in total.In Oman, the health minister warned on Thursday that there had been a disturbing surge in infections in the last six weeks and urged people to comply with health measures.Iran, the epicenter for the disease in the Middle East with a total infection count of 237,878 and 11,408 deaths as of Saturday, has imposed new curbs to halt the spread of the virus. Topics :last_img read more