HCS SB 996 -- PASSING BAD CHECKS

SPONSOR: DePasco (Hosmer)

COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "do pass" by the Committee on Criminal Law by a vote of 13 to 0.

This substitute modifies the administrative handling costs the prosecuting attorney may charge a defendant for passing a bad check. Currently, the cost is $5 for checks of less than $10; $10 for checks of $10 but less than $100; and $25 for checks of $100 or more. The substitute changes these handling costs to $5 for checks of less than $25; $15 for checks of $25 but less than $150; $25 for checks of $150 but less than $500; $50 for checks of $500 but less than $1,000; and $75 for checks of $1,000 or more.

FISCAL NOTE: No impact on state funds.

PROPONENTS: Supporters say that the bill makes modest increases to administrative handling charges for the prosecution of bad checks. The increases are necessary to cover the cost of this service. The increases will serve as an incentive for prosecution when the amount of the check is small.

Testifying for the bill were Senator DePasco; and Office of the Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney.

OPPONENTS: There was no opposition voiced to the committee.

Sarah Madden, Legislative Analyst