Congress is considering H.R. 4506, a bill to add new bankruptcy judgeships. The bill passed the house nearly unanimously and is expected to pass the
Senate. Under the new “pay-go” standards, the bill must be
revenue neutral. It achieves this by increasing the Chapter 7 filing fee
by $1 and Chapter 11 by $42.
The bill would add two (2) new bankruptcy judgeships to the Eastern District
of California and make permanent the temporary judgeship currently in
place, bringing to nine (9) the total number of bankruptcy judgeships
in the Eastern District of California.
The Eastern District of California has one of the highest judicial workloads
in the country and adding two new bankruptcy judges to the Eastern District
would be a significant step toward relieving that workload.