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District Offices

Somerset Office
301 Georgian Place

Somerset, PA 15501
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Phone: (814) 443-4230
Fax: (814) 443-3866

Windber Office
1605 Graham Avenue
Windber, PA 15963
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Tuesday - Thursday - Friday
Closed on Wednesday 
Phone: (814) 467-4011

Hyndman Office
158 Washington St.
Hyndman, PA. 15545
Open on Wednesdays only from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
(814) 842-3362
TOLL-FREE: (866) 779-1477
Fax: (814) 842-3367
Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or by appointment
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Capitol Office
Room 111 Ryan Office Building
PO Box 202069
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2069
(717) 783-8756
Fax: (717) 782-2911

Metzgar Legislation Helps Crime Victims Receive Restitution Payments
10/15/2010

Legislation contained in House Bill 2686 which passed the House with a unanimous vote  recently, helps crime victims receive restitution without repeated court visits, said the bill’s prime sponsor, Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar (R-Somerset) today. 

“This bill, if enacted into law will help crime victims get the restitution they deserve through a process that would make it easier to collect it from persons convicted of the crime,” said Metzgar. “In too many cases, these victims are, in essence, re-victimized as those who owe restitution try to get away without paying it. I am hopeful that the Senate and governor see that crime victims deserve compassion and our best efforts to get the money that has been rightfully awarded to them by the courts.” 

The legislation extends the time period in which a collection agency has to collect restitution, fines and court costs from 180 days to 48 months. Under current law, when the 180-day period would elapse without proper payment, the court would have to reauthorize the collection, which often does not happen. 

“Crime victims have been through enough with the trauma of the crime itself,” said Metzgar. “It is unfair that they have to go back through a bureaucratic process just to receive what they have been awarded in the first place. The extension of the time period should alleviate that. I am grateful to my House colleagues for their unanimous support” 

Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar
69th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

(814) 443-4230
Contact:  Raymond Smith
House Republican Public Relations
rsmith@pahousegop.com
(717) 705-1834
Member Site: 
RepMetzgar.com
Caucus Site:  PAHouseGOP.com

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