From the “this will cost more money in paperwork than it saves” Department, SB 119 proposes an annual report and audit of unpaid restitution orders owed to government entities. It makes explicit the authority to demand that the debtor show cause and for the court to hold the debtor in contempt. I imagine the intent of this bill is to increase revenues for government entities without raising taxes. However, most folks who owe criminal restitution simply don’t have any money. Putting them in jail on a contempt order isn’t going to save any money. On the upside, maybe they’ll farm out the collections work to guys like me on a contingency basis. If you hound these guys for 5-10 years, occasionally you get lucky. The government isn’t set up to make that kind of extended effort. I am.
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(This bill introduced by Mr. Van, that’s his name, that name again is Mr. Van. Err, Mrvan.)