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H.B. 163

This document includes House Committee Amendments incorporated into the bill on Mon, Feb 7, 2005 at 9:48 AM by ddonat. -->              1     




Sponsor: Steven R. Mascaro

             6      LONG TITLE
             7      General Description:
             8          This bill increases the allowable fees an employer may receive for processing
             9      garnishments for employees.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    increases the fee for a single garnishment from $10 to $25;
             13          .    increases the initial fee for a continuing garnishment from $25 to $35;
             14          .    allows the employer to charge the employee a processing fee each time an amount
             15      must be deducted from the employee's wages; and
             16          .    exempts income withholding for the collection of child support.
             17      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             18          None
             19      Other Special Clauses:
             20          None
             21      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             22      AMENDS:
             23          78-7-44, as renumbered and amended by Chapter 46, Laws of Utah 2001
             25      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             26          Section 1. Section 78-7-44 is amended to read:
             27           78-7-44. Fees for writ of garnishment -- Single or continuing.

             28          (1) Any creditor who serves or causes to be served a writ of garnishment upon the
             29      garnishee shall pay to the garnishee:
             30          (a) [$10] $25 for a single garnishment; [and]
             31          (b) [$25] $35 for a continuing garnishment.
             32          (2) The creditor shall pay the fee directly to the garnishee.
             33          (3) An employer may deduct a processing fee of up to $10 from an employee each time
             34      a payment is made to a creditor pursuant to a continuing garnishment H. [ . ] not to exceed $20.00
             34a      per month. This processing fee shall be included in the non-exempt amount subject to
             34b      garnishment. .H
             35          (4) Subsection (3) does not apply to income withholding for the collection of child
             36      support pursuant to Title 62A, Chapter 11, Parts 4 and 5.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 11-27-04 2:28 PM

Based on a limited legal review, this legislation has not been determined to have a high
probability of being held unconstitutional.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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