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Court rules state can't file new child support claims

September 16, 2003
By: Aidian Holder
State Capital Bureau

A Kansas city court rules the state has no power to file new child support claims . . . state officials are scrambling to get the decision overturned. Aidian Holder has that story.

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File this one under unintended consequences. When Governor Holden reorganized the state agency that handles child support collections . . . disbanding one agency and creating another . . . no one passed the laws to give the new department the legal authority to file new child support cases.

Jay Dougherty is the presiding judge of Jackson County.

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Contents: Dougherty says that usually lawmakers would have approved the new laws to give the new agency its authority.

Attorney General Jay Nixon has already filed an appeal . . . saying the executive order Governor Holden used to create the new agency carries the legal weight needed to allow child support collections.