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Published on Friday, March 17, 2017

Efforts to reform legal financial obligations continue to move through the Legislature

A bill to reform how legal financial obligations work (LFOs), HB 1783, has moved through the House and has been sent to the Senate Law & Justice Committee. AWC is working to ensure the bill has minimal impact on city municipal court systems. The bill would do a number of things:

  • Eliminates interest accrual on some portions of LFOs.
  • Provides that a court may not impose costs on a defendant who is indigent.
  • Establishes provisions governing payment plans and priority of payment of LFOs.
  • Addresses actions a court may take in sanction proceedings for failure to pay.
  • Establishes standards for what constitutes willful failure to pay and sets forth what action a court make take in those cases.
  • Allows unpaid fines, penalties and fees to be converted to community service hours if the jurisdictions operate a community service program.