2020 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Heretick
Eliminate Interest on Court Fines and Fees (language only)

Item 75 #1h

Item 75 #1h

Compensation Board


Page 65, after line 45, insert:

"U. 1. Pursuant to the provisions of House Bill 266, 2020 Session of the General Assembly, no accrual of interest on any fine or costs imposed in a criminal case or in a case involving a traffic infraction shall be permitted. Any such fine or costs that have accrued interest prior to July 1, 2020, shall cease to accrue interest on July 1, 2020, and such accrued interest may be waived by any court. A person who owes fines and costs on which interest has accrued may move any court in which he owes fines and costs to waive the interest that accrued on such fines and costs and shall have such interest waived for any period of incarceration.

2.  The Compensation Board, as part if its Annual Report on Court Fines and Fees, shall identify any revenues assumed to have been foregone pursuant to these changes, and report to the General Assembly on the impact to the various entities supported by such revenues, including the Literary Fund.  Such evaluation shall take into consideration the change in the proportion of fines and fees paid due to the elimination of the interest charges."


(This amendment directs the Compensation Board, as part of their Annual Report on Court Fines and Fees, to identify the fiscal impact of House Bill 266, 2020 Session of the General Assembly, on state and local entities receiving revenues from interest on criminal fines and fees.)