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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: December 7, 2018 11:30 AM
From: Senator John P. Sabatina, Jr.
To: All Senate members
Subject: Garnishing Casino Winnings for Unpaid Child Support
In the near future, I plan on re-introducing Senate Bill 366 from last session. This bill would attempt to protect families who are owed unpaid child support.

This bill would provide open communication between Pennsylvania gaming facilities and the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP). Currently, when a person wins more than $1200 at a casino, that individual is required to fill out paperwork for the Internal Revenue Service. During that time, the PSP conducts a background check to see if that person has any outstanding warrants against them. The check is done internally and takes less than two minutes.

My legislation would allow the PSP to search for any bench warrants due to unpaid child support. In the event that a winner has a warrant out for unpaid child support, the Dept of Revenue would be notified by the PSP. The gaming winnings in these circumstances would be garnished so that back child support can be paid.

The Pennsylvania State Police, The PA Gaming Control Board and the Department of Revenue provided helpful information as to how this can run efficiently and use full discretion.

Please join me in support of this legislation to protect those who are owed unpaid child support. Last session this bill was supported by Senators Bartolotta, Vulakovich, Fontana, Schwank, Tartaglione, Scavello, Costa, Yudichak, Farnese, Rafferty, Brewster, Browne, and K. Ward.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Jesse Monoski in my Harrisburg office. Thank you