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23-3121. Reporting of support arrearages to consumer credit reporting agencies. (a) As used in this section, "consumer reporting agency" means any person which, for monetary fees or dues or on a cooperative nonprofit basis, regularly engages in whole or in part in the practice of assembling or evaluating consumer credit information or other information on consumers for the purpose of furnishing consumer reports to third parties and which uses any means or facility of interstate commerce for the purpose of preparing or furnishing consumer reports.

(b) The secretary for children and families shall develop procedures for making information concerning support arrearages owed or assigned to the secretary or owed to any person who has applied for services pursuant to K.S.A. 39-756, and amendments thereto, available to consumer reporting agencies upon their request. The procedures shall provide for the information to be made available to such agencies in any case in which the support arrearage is $1,000 or more unless the secretary determines that providing the information is not appropriate in a particular case. The procedures may additionally provide for the information to be available to such agencies if the amount of the support arrearage is less than $1,000.

(c) The secretary may charge a consumer reporting agency requesting support arrearage information a fee not to exceed the actual cost to the secretary in providing such information.

(d) Prior to providing any information concerning an obligor's arrearage to a consumer reporting agency, the secretary shall provide advance notice to the obligor who owes support by first-class mail to the obligor's last known address, concerning the proposed release of information to a consumer reporting agency and of the methods available for contesting the accuracy of the information as provided for in K.S.A. 50-710, and amendments thereto.

History: L. 1985, ch. 115, § 28; L. 1991, ch. 97, § 1; L. 2014, ch. 115, § 42; July 1.

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