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S. 1747 (103rd): Child Support Fairness Act of 1993


The text of the bill below is as of Nov 20, 1993 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


S 1747 IS

103d CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1747

To provide for enforcement of State court judgments against federally forfeited assets of individuals who are delinquent in payment of child support.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

November 20 (legislative day, NOVEMBER 2), 1993

Mr. GLENN introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To provide for enforcement of State court judgments against federally forfeited assets of individuals who are delinquent in payment of child support.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘Child Support Fairness Act of 1993’.

SEC. 2. FEDERALLY FORFEITED ASSETS SUBJECT TO STATE COURT JUDGMENT.

    (a) IN GENERAL- Assets forfeited as a result of violation of Federal law shall be subject to valid State court judgments for the payment of delinquent child support as provided in this Act.

    (b) NOTICE OF FORFEITURE- The Secretary of the Treasury or the Attorney General shall notify the Department of Health and Human Services Child Support Enforcement Division of the name of any individual whose assets are seized. The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall then notify the appropriate State agency of the name of any such individual who is delinquent in child support payments and inform such agency of the seizure. The State agency shall notify any party owed child support by the individual.

    (c) PAYMENT FOR ARREARS IN CHILD SUPPORT-

      (1) Any party owed child support and having secured a valid State court judgment may petition the Secretary within 30 days after receiving notice under subsection (b) for payment under this Act. The Secretary shall schedule a hearing no later than 30 days following receipt of petition.

      (2) At the discretion of the Secretary, the Secretary may waive a hearing and disburse the assets to the petitioner, if money, within 30 days of the filing of a petition and valid State court judgment. If the assets are property other than money, the Secretary shall sell the assets under its normal procedures. If the value of the property is exceeded by the costs of sale, the petitioner may seek to secure the assets in its original form.

    (d) TRUST ESTABLISHED- After a determination is made by the Secretary of the Treasury or the Attorney General as to the appropriate disposition of the seized assets, and after payment of all expenses of forfeiture, including investigative costs, and costs of forfeiture proceedings and all other reasonable costs, if there remains any excess money or property, the remaining money or property shall be--

      (1) kept in the agency trust fund for a period not to exceed 90 days from the date of final disposition of the case; and

      (2) subject to claim under this Act.

    (e) FORFEITURE FUNDS-

      (1) Section 9703(a)(1) of title 31, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end thereof the following:

      ‘(I) Payments required by the Child Support Fairness Act of 1993.’.

      (2) Section 511(e) of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 881(e)) is amended by adding at the end thereof the following:

    ‘(5) The disposition of forfeited property under this subsection shall be subject to the provisions of the Child Support Fairness Act of 1993.’.

      (3) Section 613(a) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1613) is amended by adding at the end the thereof the following:

    ‘The disposition of forfeited property under this section shall be subject to the provisions of the Child Support Fairness Act of 1993.’.