For Immediate Release
Feb. 20, 2014
Contact: Greg Moore
LANSING, Mich.—Sen. Mike Nofs announced Wednesday that legislation he sponsored as part of an overhaul of the child support system passed the Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support.
Senate Bill 528 would amend the Michigan Lottery Act to codify and centralize the procedure for cross-referencing lottery winners with individuals who have failed to pay court-ordered child support.
“This is common sense policy,” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek. “A parent who fails to pay to support their child should be held accountable, particularly when benefiting from a Lottery prize.”
Under the bill, before a prize of $1,000 or more can be distributed, the individual claiming the ticket must be cross referenced with the Department of Treasury liability system to ensure that the winner does not have an unpaid child support obligation. If one is found, the winnings must first go to the child support arrearage after which the balance would go to the winner.
The 12-bill package came about as the result of more than a year of work by the Michigan Office of Child Support (OCS), which engaged legislators and the stakeholders of the child support system to identify weaknesses in the current format.