Child support; DCE to withhold payments from prisoners who maintain job within Department. (SB247)

Introduced By

Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Opportunities for work and career and technical education; child support.  Requires the Department to withhold child support payments out of moneys paid to prisoners who maintain a job within the Department. Child support payments owed will also be withheld from any inmate trust account established for the prisoner. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/10/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12
01/10/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12102124D
01/10/2012Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
01/24/2012Impact statement from DPB (SB247)
02/10/2012Continued to 2013 in Rehabilitation and Social Services (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


marshamaines writes:

how do you reconcile this Bill with Current Va Code? § 19.2-354. Authority of court to order payment of fine, costs, forfeitures, penalties or restitution in installments or upon other terms and conditions; community work in lieu of payment.
§ 53.1-60 ...disposition of wages; support of certain dependents; penalties for violations.
§ 19.2-305.1. Restitution for property damage or loss; community service. § 60.2-219. Services not included in term "employment."

Under Title IV -D the SSA's Federal Child Support Enforcement Rules for states - the definition of employment specifically states there are EXEMPT Professions, namely Laborers, whereas those who carry Professional Licensing (realtors, lawyers, doctors) MUST submit to Wage Garnishments. Seems lots of greedy people leading affluent lives are looking for somebody else's back to skim off of...those already less fortunate.