“Montanans who don’t pay their child support could be denied hunting, fishing and trapping licenses, under a bill presented by Republican state Sen. Mike Lang,” ktvh.com reports. “Under current law, the state Child Support Enforcement Division already can seek to deny certain hunting licenses to people who aren’t paying child support. Lang’s Senate Bill 172 would change the law to say the state can deny a child-support scofflaw a wildlife conservation license, which is needed to obtain any Montana hunting or fishing license.”
Apparently, “The Montana Wildlife Federation supported the measure Tuesday and no one testified against it.” This despite the fact that it looks a lot like a slippery slope, from denying child support scofflaws hunting licenses, to revoking their concealed carry permits, for example. Or maybe that’s just me being paranoid.
In any case, at least anecdotally, the strategy is effective.
Sarah Partridge of Glasgow, who testified for the bill, said she hadn’t received a child-support payment for seven years, despite the state’s best efforts.
But when a letter was sent to her ex-spouse threatening to withhold hunting licenses, seven year’s worth of payments were paid in one year, she said.
“We wondered how many other people found themselves in a similar situation,” she said. “This just allows (the state) to use this as another tool in their tool box to collect what’s outstanding.”
An outstanding idea or a worrying expansion of government power? We report, you deride.