Bad checks; person writing for child or spousal support is subject to criminal penalties. (SB1140)

Introduced By

Sen. Fred Quayle (R-Suffolk)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Bad checks; child support; penalties.  Specifies that writing a bad check for child or spousal support is subject to the criminal penalties for bad checks. The bill also adds writing a bad check for child or spousal support on behalf of a business, firm, or corporation knowing that there are insufficient funds to the provisions that make it a Class 1 misdemeanor or Class 6 felony ($200 or more) for an employer to write a bad check for wages. Read the Bill »


01/24/2011: Failed to Pass in Committee


01/12/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11101784D
01/12/2011Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/13/2011Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/19/2011Impact statement from VCSC (SB1140)
01/24/2011Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice with letter (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


S Stanley writes:

PASS - this is a major issue and the matter is seen everyday at all local Child Support Offices - There has also been forged, counterfiet checks and money orders and even lawyers involved in insurance settlements or in the interest to purge their clients from jail time have writtn bad checks - with no recourse for DCSE nor the Treasurer's Office this bill is needed- it does need amendments - "The appointed official of the specific Agency or Department may approve an employee at a Regional Level to initiate criminal charges in the locality where such offense has occured upon verification that funds are not available to cover a signed bank note, money order or other negotiable draft document... forged or counterfiet bank note, money order, or other negotiable draft document shall also be considered a criminal offense punishable under this section... this shall include any law firm or attorney that shall make or do the same on behalf of their client..."