Hey, deadbeat dads and moms! Utah lawmakers have a message for you – buck up or lose your driver’s license. The Deseret Morning News reports that state legislators agreed to endorse House Bill 15, which would allow the state to revoke the driver’s licenses of parents who fail to pay or fall behind on their child-support.
The House voted 44-27 in support of the bill after some major revision; including a clause that would allow defaulting parents to appeal their case.
The bill comes in response to difficulties expressed by the state Office of Recovery Services who according to the D-News have had trouble enforcing child-support compliance and wanted a more substantial threat to wage against those parents whose payments are more than two months past due.
The bill has been softened quite a bit since its original conception last year, allowing parents an additional 90 days to come up with the cash and permitting them to drive on a conditional basis while they sort out options for payment.
Rep. Julie Fisher, a Fruit Heights Republican and major sponsor for the bill told the D-News that Utah’s deadbeat parents owe approximately $325 million in back payments.