JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT
AN ACT CONCERNING IMPROVEMENTS TO INCOME WITHHOLDING FOR CHILD SUPPORT.
SPONSORS OF BILL:
Human Services Committee (change of reference to Judiciary Committee)
REASONS FOR BILL:
To allow for timelier processing of child support orders when the obligor is receiving workers' compensation benefits, the bill requires employers to send to its workers' compensation carrier an income withholding order it has on an employee seeking workers' compensation. This bill would reduce the delay in processing child support orders when the obligor is receiving worker's compensation benefits.
RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:
Judicial Branch External Affairs Division
The State of Connecticut Judicial Branch supports HB 5253, HB 5254 and HB 5256 for the following reasons:
1. Create an expedited process to modify child support orders for obligors who are incarcerated, avoid accumulating charges and arrears, decrease the amount of overall child support debt, and improve CT's Title IV-D performance with federal performance and incentive measures
2. Eliminate the need for a full judicial proceeding when the obligor is institutionalized or incarcerated and SES can attest, in an affidavit filed with the court, that: The obligor has no income or assets that could be used to satisfy the order, the offense for which the obligor is incarcerated is not against the custodial party or the child subject to the order, and notice has been provided to the custodial party and no objection was raised.
3. Create an expedited process to reinstate a child support order after the obligor is released from incarceration, and put the responsibility on the formerly incarcerated obligor to object and/or request relief.
Department of Social Services Roderick L. Bremby, Commissioner
The CDSS supports HB 5253 because it would require employers to attach the income withholding order when sending a referral to a worker's compensation carrier and result in the seamless withholding of the child support obligation from the workers' compensation benefit. This process may also improve the IV-D performance and increase the associated federal incentive funding. The families that deserve the support, therefore, should not experience any delay.
Permanent Commission on the Status of Women
The PCSW supports HB 5253 because, in addition to proposing to create an intercept when an obligor makes a claim for workers' compensation benefits, it would also improve efforts to collect child support.
NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:
NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:
Reported by: Jason Snukis
Date: April 7th, 2016