Missouri Senate endorses pilot to forgive child support debt
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Senate is moving forward with a measure creating a pilot program to forgive a portion of non-custodial parents' debt to the state for child support.
The Senate on Wednesday approved the bill that would forgive up to $2,000 of debt to the state if a non-custodial parent participates in job readiness or parenting training.
Republican Sen. David Sater, of Cassville, says the pilot program would help parents without custody of their children find gainful employment and become more involved with their children.
The bill would not affect child support owed to custodial parents.
It would only reduce debts owed to the state for when the state stepped in to care for children.