Pennsylvania HB 2043: Providing for payment of court costs, restitution and fines… failure to pay fine.

Pennsylvania’s House Bill 2043 would mandate that courts provide community service and payment plans as alternatives for people who would experience manifest hardship if they had to pay all of their fines and fees at once. These amendments detail the rates at which community service hours are credited towards unpaid fines and fees, and the rules that govern the maximum amount an individual’s monthly installments can be depending on their household income.

Additionally, the bill lists criteria that would lead to full and immediate payment being considered a manifest hardship: involuntary employment, a household income of less than 200% of the federal poverty line, receipt of any kind of public assistance, or other related evidence.

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Leslie Acosta, Mark Rozzi, Stephen Kinsey, Donna Bullock, Davidson V. Brown, Mary Daley, Brian Sims, Joanna McClinton, Lynwood Savage