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7/12/2013 Governor signs bills helping state track down delinquent child support payments
STATE HOUSE – Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee has signed legislation into law that allows the Office of Child Support Services to require cell phone companies to share limited location information about individuals who owe child support.

The bills (2013-S 0619A, 2013-H 5562A), sponsored by Sen. Donna M. Nesselbush (D-Dist. 15, Pawtucket, North Providence) and Rep. John J. DeSimone (D-Dist. 5, Providence) on behalf of the Department of Human Services, only allows the Office of Child Support Services to obtain billing information or the residential address of an individual who owes child support payments. It may not use a source’s global positioning system (GPS) data or any other location information. It also requires that the information be sent in electronic form.

Presently, the list of sources used to assist the office include telephone companies, assessors’ offices, housing authorities, employers, professional or trade associations, labor unions, professional or trade licensing boards, financial institutions and any other individual or entity which the department has reason to believe may have information that relates to the location of the individual. According to the 2013 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook, just 51 percent of non-custodial parents with court orders for child support paid on time and in full in 2012. As of Dec. 1, 2012, there were more than 83,000 children in Rhode Island’s Office of Child Support Services system.

Cosponsors of the House bill include Representatives Peter G. Palumbo (D-Dist. 16, Cranston) and John M. Carnevale (D-Dist. 13, Providence, Johnston).

For more information, contact:
Brenna McCabe, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-2457