Lawmakers and Judge Push for Legal Aid Funding

Funding for civil legal aid has dried up over the last few years, and a group of lawyers and lawmakers including Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht are calling for a new source of revenue.

They want the Legislature to approve an extra $40 million in funding from the state attorney general's office, which would be given to legal services groups that help indigent individuals who cannot afford a lawyer for their divorces, foreclosures or other legal issues.

Due to economic changes over the last few years, the traditional source of funding for legal aid services groups — interest payments ...

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