Maine Warns Deadbeat Dads
The article title should have been "Maine Warns Deadbeat
Parents." The law is appropriately gender neutral.
| Maine Warns Deadbeat Dads
| AUGUSTA, Maine, August 25 (AP) -- Maine's 18,000 "deadbeat
| dads" were mailed a warning this week from the state
| Department of Human Services: Pay your child support, or risk
| losing your licenses to drive, fish or run a business.
| The state is beginning a new push to collect child support,
| backed by recent legislation to track down fathers and
| threaten them with the loss of a variety of state licenses.
| State officials said 18,000 parents are more than 90 days
| overdue on a total of $150 million in child support payments.
| "Maine is only one of seven states that have passed laws to
| allow the revocation of both drivers' and professional
| licenses," Gov. John McKernan said at a news conference
| Parents who receive the notice this week will have the
| opportunity to request a hearing to challenge their status.
| Licenses to drive, fish, practice law, work as a beautician
| or in any other state-licensed field are at risk.
| "The state's theory is that if they're going to work and
| the state is going to endorse that work, then the state is
| also going to make sure that they take care of their
| families," McKernan said.