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Panel considers paying jurors more money for long trials

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho jurors in lengthy trials could soon be getting a raise.

The House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee unanimously voted Tuesday to introduce a bill that would pay jurors $50 per day if their trial lasts five days or longer.

Currently, counties in Idaho must pay jurors at least $10 per day.

Chairman Richard Wills from Glenns Ferry says that although jury duty is a civic responsibility, a lengthy trial can become a financial burden.

The cost of the plan - roughly $75,000 per year - would be covered by a $2 increase for civil lawsuit filing fees.

Democratic Rep. John Gannon from Boise said Idaho law currently allows counties to pay jurors up to $50 per day, but many counties continue to pay the minimum.

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