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House Committee Set to Approve Bankruptcy Judgeship Bill - ABI

The House Committee on the Judiciary is expected to consider H.R. 2266, the "Bankruptcy Judgeship Act of 2017," at a markup session this morning. The bipartisan bill, introduced recently by Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), would convert some 14 temporary judgeships (located in Delaware, Southern District of Florida, Maryland, Eastern District of Michigan, Nevada, Eastern District of North Carolina, Puerto Rico and the Eastern District of Virginia) into permanent positions. Under current law, more than two dozen judgeships in the system have a lapse date of May 25, 2017. Without congressional action by that time, the positions could be eliminated should a sitting judge in one of these positions create a vacancy by death, retirement or disability. Temporary positions were created by BAPCPA in 2005 with a goal to tie judicial positions to where the caseload burden was greatest. There is a similar bill pending in the Senate. The House bill would fund the positions through an increase in the chapter 11 quarterly filing fee found in § 1930(a)(6).

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