Guam - Legislation that would begin publication of a "Deadbeats Most Wanted List" will go up for public hearing tomorrow. Bill 124, introduced by Speaker Judi Won Pat holds individuals accountable for being more than 90 days behind in paying their court-ordered child support obligations.
Attorney General Leonardo Rapadas, however, says the measure may not be necessary as their office has already decided to implement the deadbeat parent list sometime in May. He says they have thousands of people who are behind in paying arrears. "I don't think it's necessary but there are certain things that are mandated that may be good ideas, but we'll work with the legislature and I'm hoping that there will be some funding out there because I think part of the mandate includes having online facilities that people can go to," he explained.
He adds they are not trying to harm individuals by publishing their names, but ensure the children in the system are taken care of. The public hearing begins at 9am at the legislature.
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