SB 900
Requires the Office of State Courts Administrator to take certain actions when a person fails to pay, or honor an agreement to repay, debt owed to a county jail
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Last Action:
3/8/2012 - Second Read and Referred S General Laws Committee
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Effective Date:
August 28, 2012

Current Bill Summary

SB 900 - Under current law, prisoners in a county jail must pay the costs of their board. This act requires the Circuit Clerk in each county to report to the Office of State Courts Administrator the names of people certified by the sheriff as being delinquent in the payment of money owed for a period of imprisonment in a county jail. Whenever a person has satisfied his or her debt or begun making regular payments to the sheriff, the sheriff must notify the clerk that the person is no longer considered delinquent.

When the Office of State Courts Administrator receives the name of a debtor, it is required to seek a setoff of state tax refunds and state lottery winnings until the full debt has been paid.

This act requires the Office of State Courts Administrator to notify debtors when it seeks to setoff a tax refund or lottery winnings before it forwards a person's name to the Director of Revenue or Department of Conservation. The notice must contain information regarding the right of review of the debt in the court in which the debt arose.

Once the appeal period has expired or after a determination in an appeal has been made that the person has not satisfied his or her debt, the State Courts Administrator must forward the names of debtors to the Director of Revenue. The director must verify that a person does not owe money to a county jail before issuing a new or renewed concealed carry endorsement. In addition, the department must suspend any current concealed carry endorsement in the name of any debtor and such persons must surrender any driver's license or non-driver's license with the endorsement on it to the Department of Revenue.

This act also requires the State Courts Administrator forward the names of debtors to the Department of Conservation. No debtor may be issued a license to hunt or fish and any such license held by the debtor must be suspended.