|Posted:||April 23, 2020 11:45 AM|
|From:||Senator Jay Costa|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Federal CARES Act Stimulus and Unemployment Compensation Debt Collection Ban|
|In the near future, I will be introducing legislation to address issues regarding the garnishment of stimulus and UC benefits by private creditors and collection agencies.
During this extraordinarily difficult time, through no fault of their own, individuals across Pennsylvania are struggling to provide for themselves and their families. The federal government recognized these hardships when they passed the CARES Act, which provided stimulus payments to individuals and families, as well as extended Unemployment Compensation (UC) benefit weeks and provided additional weekly benefit payments to all UC-eligible applicants.
We are seeing reports in other jurisdictions that private debt collectors are seizing upon the opportunity to satisfy debts owed by individuals through garnishment of federal stimulus dollars. Several Governors and Attorneys General have already taken steps to assure that relief funding is not being diverted for the purposes of collecting debt.
My legislation would protect life-sustaining government payments to individuals and families during the COVID-19 crisis in the following ways:
I hope you will join me in standing with Pennsylvania’s families by signing onto this legislation.
Introduced as SB1151