Governor signs Barbin bill to address victim restitution

HARRISBURG, July 20 – Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf today signed state Rep. Bryan Barbin’s legislation to allow victim restitution to be intercepted from a debtor’s state tax refund.

House Bill 1167, now known as Act 93 of 2016, was introduced as a part of a package of bills recommended by the Office of Victim Advocate’s 2011 Restitution in Pennsylvania Task Force.

“Restitution is a core component of any justice system, and it’s one of the most important things we can work to guarantee,” said Barbin, D-Cambria/Somerset. “While it can be difficult to ensure that perpetrators fulfill their legal obligations to victims, tax-refund interception is a commonsense tool.”