North Carolina allows wage garnishment for certain judgments, such as child support and taxes. House Bill 30 as originally drafted, Allow Wage Garnishment to Satisfy Judgments, would have expanded wage garnishment to other judgments, putting struggling families at severe financial risk. Once concerns were raised with the bill sponsor, the bill was amended significantly to deal with issues raised by the consumer advocates. The amended House Bill 30, which would only allow wage garnishment to be used against businesses that have committed fraud, not against consumers or for debt collection, passed the House but not the Senate. It is now in the Senate Judiciary II Committee and will be eligible for consideration in the 2012 short session.
August 15, 2011