2003 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1400 (Conference Report)

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Expand Court Fine Coll. Pilot (language only)

Item 65 #1c

Item 65 #1c

Compensation Board

Page 54, after line 19, insert:
"H.  In the second year, the pilot program that has been conducted through the Department of Taxation shall be expanded to include any private debt collection firms with whom the selected Commonwealth's Attorneys have contracted for the collection of unpaid fines and court costs pursuant to § 19.2-349, Code of Virginia, to collect unpaid fines and court costs in the same manner and means as provided to the Department of Taxation in § 58.1-1804, Code of Virginia.  The Compensation Board shall monitor the program and shall include, in its annual report to the General Assembly on the collection of court-ordered fines and fees for Clerks of the Courts and Commonwealth's Attorneys, the amount of unpaid fines and costs collected by this program."

(This amendment expands the pilot program for court debt collection to allow Commonwealth's Attorneys to contract with any private debt collection firm and give such firms authority to utilize all remedies available to the Department of Taxation under the Code of Virginia.)