Florida drug courts endangered by budget cuts

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http://www.sptimes.com/2003/04/18/Columns/When_cuts_hurt_trial_.shtml Next year, the state of Florida will take over responsibility for the costs of running courts around the state; nearly half of that cost now is paid by counties. St. Petersburg Times columnist Howard Troxler reports that the shift, prompted by a 1998 constitutional amendment, could endanger court programs. Already, both the Senate and House's versions of next year's court budget contain less money than this year, despite higher caseloads. "There's a definite . . .

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