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Higher pay for jury service sought

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A Senate Democrat filed a proposal Friday that would increase the amounts of money that Floridians get paid to serve on juries.

The bill (SB 1606), filed by Sen. Jose Javier Rodriguez, D-Miami, would raise the basic rate from $15 a day to $64.80 a day. Jurors who serve more than 10 days would be paid $97.20 a day, under the bill.

Currently, jurors who serve more than three days get paid $30 a day.

The payments are made to jurors who are not regularly employed or who do not continue receiving their regular wages while serving on juries.

Also, under the bill, payment rates would be adjusted annually based on inflation. The bill is filed for the legislative session that starts Tuesday.