Maine eyes more ways to collect child support

Posted March 27, 2009, at 11:11 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Parents who fall behind on child support payments are in the cross hairs of a legislative committee, which is looking at new ways to get money from so-called Deadbeat Dads.

A bill endorsed Friday by the Judiciary Committee would require slot machine operations and race tracks to set aside a portion of the money won by child support debtors.

Another bill under review targets independent contractors. It would require businesses to tell the state when they hire contractors for $2,500 or more so the state can see if they owe support.

Maine led the nation in cracking down on parents who owe back support by lifting their drivers, hunting and other licenses starting in 1994. Since then, other states have followed suit.

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