Rep. Dom Costa looks to strengthen restitution-collection process for state's crime victims

Rep. Dom Costa looks to strengthen restitution-collection process for state's crime victims

A revamped bill that would require counties to have in place an operational restitution-collection system is slowly making its way through the state General Assembly.

Formerly House Bill 1070 of last session, HB 234, sponsored by Rep. Dom Costa (D-Morningside) would ensure that restitution orders are being enforced at the county level by increasing accountability for existing requirements and enhancing collection and record-keeping requirements.

“Counties have a very unofficial way of collecting things. It’s not really a priority of theirs,” said Rep. Costa. “Someone has to be responsible for making sure that these victims are not victimized twice and making sure if action is being done.”
Tuesday, August 1, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Senate includes version of Stop & Go enforcement reform as part of revenue package

Senate includes version of Stop & Go enforcement reform as part of revenue package

Major legislation in the state General Assembly is often the product of compromise and deal-making and the revenue package the Senate moved along last week was no exception.

 

However, while various interest groups and stakeholders are scoffing at individual portions of the five budget-related implementation bills that provided for nearly $2.1 billion in funding for the state budget, those hoping to see some movement on reforming so-called stop-and-go enforcement might have their wishes answered in a portion of the Fiscal Code aimed at addressing the issue.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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