The Deadbeat Dad Brigade marches again on Pierre!
South Dakota currently blocks parents who are behind in child support by $1,000 or more from getting any “professional, sporting, or recreational license, registration, certification, or permit” or a driver license until those parents have made arrangements with the Department of Social Services to pay what they owe. The courts can revoke deadbeats’ licenses and permits.
Rep. Tom Pischke evidently thinks that’s unfair. The Dell Rapids Republican, who fought increases in child support last year, proposes House Bill 1207, which repeal those pro-children accountability measures. HB 1207 would also kick the license-blocking teeth out of the debt-collection (ahem! Obligation Recovery!) the Legislature passed in 2015.
Hey, Tom! When Governor Daugaard talked about getting rid of licensure requirements for various professions, I don’t think he had the requirement of paying one’s child support and other debts to the state in mind.
Before anyone grumbles that taking licenses away from non-custodial parents means they can’t work and earn the money to pay child support, reread the law. The statutes Pischke would repeal allow state agencies to issue temporary licenses if it appears the parent is really trying to pay the necessary child support.
We just learned that South Dakota has the fastest growing unpaid support in the country. Now seems an inopportune time to make it easier for deadbeat parents to let those arrears pile higher. Vote NO on HB 1207, and tell non-custodial parents to keep up with their payments or face the consequences.