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Lansing – The pay for jurors around Michigan would increase 60 percent under legislation the House approved Wednesday.

Those required to serve their jury duty would get $40 per day and $20 per half-day under the pair of bills sponsored by Rep. Peter Lucido, R-Shelby Township.

Juror pay has not increased since 2003, when it was set at $25 per day and $12.50 per half-day. Every day thereafter is worth $40, or $20 for a half day under current state law. Under the legislation, jurors would make $40 for the day and $45 for each day thereafter beginning April 1, 2018.

“Why not?” Lucido said, explaining that it often costs $20 or $40 to park for the day, not to mention additional costs for losing a day of work or paying for child care for parents who don’t have anyone to watch their child during their mandatory jury duty.

Parking alone can eat up more than half of the current daily juror compensation rate.

“You lose 12.50 when you walk out the door,” Lucido said. “Haven’t even had a hot dog if you don’t stay past 12 o’ clock … you’re losing money. I didn’t make the rules up before I got here. … I just look at economics, and people are hurting right now.”

A state fund was created in 2003 to help local trial courts reimburse jurors, and the last bump in juror stipends was Oct. 1, 2003, according to a House Fiscal Agency analysis.

The same analysis says it would cost the state an additional $833,747 annually.

mgerstein@detroitnews.com

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