Bills Introduced to Create System to Intercept Winnings of Patrons Who Owe Child Support

On Thursday, May 1, 2014, House Bills (“HB”) 5508 and 5509, measures that seek to create and administer an electronic system to intercept casino winnings of those individuals that owe past due child support, were introduced in the Michigan House of Representative by Rep. Dale Zorn (R-Ida) and Rep. Peter MacGregor (R-Rockford), respectively.  HB 5508 is tie-barred to HB 5509.

HB 5508 would require the Michigan Office of Child Support to “coordinate with the State Department of Treasury in the development of notices and administration of a secure, electronically accessible registry containing information regarding individuals who are obligated to support a child and who owe past due support to intercept winnings…”

HB 5509 would amend the Michigan Gaming Control and Revenue Act to add a new Section 9E, which would, in turn, require a casino licensee to intercept patron winnings to pay past-due child support and further cooperate with the Department of Human Services (“DHS”) to implement such a system.  Under this system, a casino licensee would be required to run patron information through the aforementioned registry before paying winnings in an amount equal or greater than the amount for which the licensee is required to file a Form W-2G or substantially equivalent form with the IRS.  If the winning patron is listed in the registry, the DHS has a claim on the subject winnings in the amount of the past due child support, and the casino licensee is required to pay this amount to DHS.  After receiving notice, an affected patron has a right to DHS review of the intercepted amounts.

HB 5509 also provides that the chairperson of the Michigan Gaming Control Board “shall attempt to enter into an agreement with each Indian Tribe that conducts gambling games in this state for the Tribe to voluntarily intercept winnings to pay past due [child] support.”

Both of these bills have been referred to the House Committee on Families, Children and Seniors. HB 5508 and HB 5509 can be reviewed at the following links to the Michigan Legislature website: HB 5508; HB 5509

 

 

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