SENATE PASSES BILL CREATING "DEADBEAT PARENTS MOST WANTED LIST"
Date: 05/30/2013 18:34
The New York State Senate today passed legislation that creates a "deadbeat parents most wanted list" of financially-delinquent parents who are substantially late or behind on child support payments.
The bill (
S.4114), sponsored by Senator Martin Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), is intended
to locate parents who owe more than $10,000 in child support payments.
"Money is owed to children and families throughout New York City and
State because parents are not holding true to their commitment of child
support," said Senator Golden. "The dollar figure is alarming and that it
why we must increase our efforts to ensure timely and satisfactory
collection. The collection of child support payments has escalated to the
point where we must ask for the public's help in notifying us as to where
the deadbeat parents are. And furthermore, the fear of public humiliation
may also encourage individuals to stop shortchanging their children."
Statistics show that in 2009, more than $648 million that was owed to
New York's children went uncollected, including $317 million owed to New
York City children.
The legislation would require the Office of Temporary and
Disability Assistance (OTDA) to compile, disclose and publish a "deadbeats
most wanted list" of individuals who are late or behind in their child
support obligations under a court administrative order. Before posting, the
OTDA will attempt to notify the individual about the potential posting and
provide him or her the opportunity to either pay the child support, or
agree with the child support collection agency to make payments.
The list would include the individual's name, physical description,
last known address and photograph, if available, and will be posted on the
OTDA website and made available to local child support collection units. An
individual's information would be removed from the list upon payment of the
balance of child support owed, making three consecutive payments, or
providing court documentation that they are not responsible for the
The bill has been sent to the Assembly.
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