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New Law Requires Deadbeat Parents to Report Gambling Winnings

The law requires people who owe child support and win money from gambling to report those winnings as part of their income.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Those who owe child support and make money from gambling in Maryland could soon have to pay up.

A law the Maryland General Assembly passed this session will go into effect on October 1, 2014. It requires people who owe child support and win money from gambling to report those winnings as part of their income.

Delegate Kelly Schulz, of Frederick County, co-sponsored the law.

"I have seen records of people who have continuously tried to find ways to avoid paying child support, and if that's the case, then we need to be able to think about the children first and their requirements as far as their daily needs are concerned," Schulz (R) said.

Schulz says there have been issues with people claiming they don't make enough money to pay child support when they're earning a lot of money gambling.

"You don't want people to be looking at loopholes if they are actually earning money through whatever source it may be because that would be taken into account," Schulz said.

You can read the new law by clicking here.
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