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H.R. 4203: Jane’s Law

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Should someone be able to avoid paying what they owe just by travelling to another state?


Jane Maharam was awarded a $4 million settlement in her 1983 divorce from husband and childhood sweetheart Robert. Yet she saw essentially none of that money, because Robert fled.

In fact, “fled” may be an understatement. A 2004 New York Magazine article described: “Her ex-husband has been running from her ever since, traveling the world in great luxury and spending what was once their money on high-end cruises and five-star hotels with the ...

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Jim Costa

Sponsor. Representative for California's 16th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Aug 23, 2019
Length: 3 pages
Aug 23, 2019

Introduced on Aug 23, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on August 23, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Aug 23, 2019

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