Child Support Increase Clears House

February 7, 2003
Posted at: 5:30 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The House today approved legislation intended to ensure that noncustodial parents pay more child support when their salaries significantly increase.

The bill is by Representative Jeremy Hutchinson of Little Rock. It says that when a salary increases 20 percent or at least 100 dollars a month, child support should be adjusted.

Under the legislation, the noncustodial parent would have to provide the custodial parent and the Office of Child Support Enforcement with proof of income annually or when the other parent requests it.

Hutchinson's bill also would make such payments retroactive to the date the court order was filed, unless the court ruled otherwise. Approved 88-to-8, the bill moves to the Senate.

The House also passed a bill prohibiting businesses from printing a customer's entire credit card number on a receipt for security purposes. And it voted for one to establish a fund and an income tax return checkoff to help cover expenses for seriously ill children.

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