Apr 5, 2010 6:02 PM by Melissa Canone
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal said he backs a
proposal to seize the gambling winnings of parents who haven't paid
their child support.
The measure (House Bill 53) by Sen. Nick Gautreaux, D-Meaux,
would allow the confiscation of casino winnings of $1,200 or more
if the winner has back-owed child support recorded with the state
Department of Social Services.
More than $1 billion in child support is owed to thousands of
children around Louisiana.
DSS said several states, including Mississippi, Indiana, New
Jersey, New Mexico and West Virginia have enacted or are
considering similar legislation. Colorado collected more than
$500,000 in back-owed child support in one year with a similar law,
according to DSS.
Jindal added the bill Monday to the list of proposals on his
official legislative agenda.