TO AUTHORIZE EXPANDED METHODS OF COLLECTING FINES, FEES, COSTS, AND RESTITUTION FROM OFFENDERS NOT SENTENCED TO SUPERVISED PROBATION OR ACTIVE TIME AND TO PERMIT THE COUNTY IN WHICH THE COLLECTION ASSISTANCE FEE IS COLLECTED TO RETAIN THE FEE, PROVIDING THE FEE IS COLLECTED BY A COLLECTIONS PROGRAM FUNDED BY THE COUNTY GOVERNMENT.
House committee substitute, reported in on 6/14/11, makes the following changes to the 1st edition. (1) Specifies that it is the Administrative Office of the Courts (current law and previous edition both specify the Judicial Department) that may enter into collection agreements. Specifies that the agreements may be with collection agencies or with municipal or county government agencies. Specifies that the agreements may provide for any of the agencies to retain the assistance fee collected. Makes clear that the collection contracts may be applied to any amounts owed by an offender, not simply to unpaid fines, fees, and costs. Makes conforming changes to the title. Deletes provision allowing the Department to make referrals to credit counseling agencies and debt restructuring services. Makes other clarifying changes.
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