PA 16-64—sHB 5526

Judiciary Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING THE PAYMENT OF A REASONABLE FEE TO AN OFFICER OR PERSON WHO RECORDS A DOCUMENT IN THE OFFICE OF A TOWN CLERK AND SERVICE OF PROCESS OF A WAGE EXECUTION

SUMMARY: This act expands the duties for which state marshals and others may collect fees by allowing them to collect a reasonable fee for any recording that does not have a recording fee prescribed by law (e. g. , recording in municipal land records a “lis pendens” notice that a lawsuit has been filed concerning the title to real property in the municipality). By law, they may collect fees for specified duties (e. g. , a $20 travel fee and costs for recording an execution levied on real property).

The act also provides for the proper service of process of a wage execution in a case involving an employer whose address is not within a levying officer's appointed jurisdiction. In such a case, the act allows the officer to serve process or other notice by mail to an address designated by the employer. Under prior law, the officer could serve by mail only to an address within the officer's appointed jurisdiction.

By law, a “levying officer” is a state marshal, constable, or, in certain child support-related cases, any investigator employed by the social services commissioner (CGS 52-350a(12)).

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2016

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