OLR Bill Analysis

HB 5526

AN ACT CONCERNING DELINQUENT CHILD SUPPORT OBLIGORS.

SUMMARY:

This bill requires the Bureau of Child Support Enforcement (BCSE) to (1) establish, maintain, and periodically update a list of all delinquent child support obligors and (2) publish a list, on the Department of Social Services' (DSS') website, of the 100 individuals with the highest delinquent child support obligations. Such lists must contain, at a minimum, the obligors' names, residential addresses, and amounts of delinquent child support owed, excluding any amount for which an appeal is pending.

Under the bill, a “delinquent child support obligor” is a person who (1) owes an amount of overdue child support accruing after the entry of a court order, that is more than three times his or her periodic payments on a current child support order or an arrearage payment order or (2) has failed to make medical or dental insurance coverage available within 90 days after the issuance of a court order or failed to maintain the court-ordered insurance coverage for 90 days.

The bill requires BCSE to establish the lists using information from the state case registry. Under existing law, BCSE uses the state case registry, which is part of a centralized automated system, to store and report information on all “IV-D child support cases” established or modified in Connecticut (see BACKGROUND).

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2014

BACKGROUND

IV-D Child Support Cases

BCSE was established and authorized to administer the child support program mandated by Title IV-D of the Social Security Act (CGS 46b-231(13)). "IV-D child support cases" are cases in which the BCSE provides child support enforcement services related to children who are beneficiaries of temporary family assistance (TFA), Medicaid, or foster care (CGS 46b-231(13)).

Related Bill

sSB 458, favorably reported by the Judiciary Committee:

1. increases, from six to eight, the number of Department of Social Services (DSS) special policemen authorized to serve child support capias orders (i.e., orders to compel someone to appear in court);

2. authorizes judicial marshals, under certain circumstances, to serve child support capias orders using a copy of the order;

3. requires the State Marshal Commission to implement policies and procedures to increase state marshal participation in the serving of capias orders;

4. establishes a task force to study technology and other initiatives to maximize child support collection;

5. appropriates $7.4 million for FY 15, to DSS to purchase technology systems to improve BCSE's efforts to collect child support; and

6. appropriates $1 million for FY 15, to the Judicial Branch to increase Support Enforcement Services' staffing.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Judiciary Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

41

Nay

0

(04/02/2014)