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2011 Senate Bill 5423: Encouraging the reduction of recidivism by modifying legal financial obligations
Introduced by Sen. Debbie Regala, (D-Tacoma) (D) on January 25, 2011 To create a mechanism for courts to eliminate interest accrued on nonrestitution debt during incarceration and improves incentives for payment of legal financial obligations in order to foster reintegration and reduce recidivism. (Companion: HB 1862).   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Human Services & Corrections Committee on January 25, 2011
Substitute offered in the Senate on February 18, 2011 To provide that the court is only required to waive interest that accrued on non-restitution legal financial obligations during the term of confinement for the conviction that gave rise the obligations. Language regarding the reduction and waiver of interest is clarified to address confusion regarding the treatment of restitution interest. The Administrative Office of the Courts is required to send billing statements for legal financial obligations periodically rather than monthly.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 18, 2011
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on February 21, 2011
Passed 46 to 1 in the Senate on March 4, 2011.
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Creates a mechanism for courts to eliminate interest accrued on nonrestitution debt during incarceration and improves incentives for payment of legal financial obligations in order to foster reintegration and reduce recidivism. This bill provides that the court is only required to waive interest that accrued on non-restitution legal financial obligations during the term of confinement for the conviction that gave rise the obligations. The Administrative Office of the Courts is required to send billing statements for legal financial obligations periodically, rather than monthly.
Received in the House on March 5, 2011
Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on March 5, 2011
Referred to the House General Government Appropriations & Oversight Committee on March 21, 2011
Referred to the House Rules Committee on March 31, 2011
Amendment offered by Rep. Brad Klippert (Kennewick) (R) on April 7, 2011 To make it discretionary, rather than mandatory, or the court to waive interest that accrues on the non-restitution portion of an offender's legal financial obligation while the offender is incarcerated if the offender meets certain requirements.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 7, 2011
Passed 53 to 39 in the House on April 7, 2011.
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To provide that upon motion by an offender, the court must waive the interest on non-restitutionlegal financial obligations that accrued during the term of total confinement for conviction that gave rise to the obligations, if the offender shows that the interest creates a hardship for the offender or his or her immediate family.
Signed by Gov. Christine Gregoire on April 18, 2011 To provide that upon motion by an offender, the court must waive the interest on non-restitutionlegal financial obligations that accrued during the term of total confinement for conviction that gave rise to the obligations, if the offender shows that the interest creates a hardship for the offender or his or her immediate family.

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