Posted on | June 25, 2012

Legislation by state Sen. Bill Emmerson that would let counties raise recording fees on certain real-estate documents didn’t get a warm welcome Monday from many of his fellow Republicans in the Assembly.

The bill by Emmerson, R-Hemet, would allow counties to increase real-estate recording fees from $3 to $10, with the extra money paying to beef up real-estate fraud protection and prosecution. The California District Attorneys Association sponsored the measure.

“This bill only seeks to give permission to county boards of supervisors to make decisions,” said Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto.

But other Republican lawmakers criticized the bill as opening the door to higher fees. The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, which is influential in GOP circles, also opposed the measure.

“It doesn’t raise fees, but it gives permission to raise fees,” Assemblyman Martin Garrick, R-Carlsbad, said.

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