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Bill Detail: HB19-1189

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Title Wage Garnishment Reform
Status Governor Signed (05/20/2019)
Bill Subjects
  • Courts & Judicial
House Sponsors M. Gray (D)
A. Valdez (D)
Senate Sponsors R. Fields (D)
J. Bridges (D)
House Committee Finance
Senate Committee Finance
Date Introduced 02/19/2019
Description

Under current law, the amount of an individual's disposable

earnings subject to garnishment is either 25% of the individual's
disposable earnings for a week or the amount an individual's disposable
earnings for a week exceed 30 times the state or federal minimum wage,
whichever is less. The bill changes the amount subject to garnishment
from 25% to 15% of the individual's disposable weekly earnings and from
30 times to 50 times the amount an individual's disposable earnings for
a week exceed the state or federal minimum wage. Currently, the cost of
court-ordered health insurance for a child provided by an individual is
deducted from the individual's disposable earnings subject to
garnishment. The bill also deducts from an individual's disposable
earnings subject to garnishment the cost of any health insurance that is
provided by the individual's employer and voluntarily withheld from the
individual's earnings.
The bill creates an exemption that would permit individuals to
prove that the amount of their pay subject to garnishment should be
further reduced or eliminated altogether if the individual can establish
that such reductions are necessary to support the individual or the
individual's family. The bill also requires clearer and more timely notice
to an individual whose wages are being garnished and gives the
individual more time after receiving the notice before garnishment starts.

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