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Forfeited PFD checks to go to Violent Crimes Board

By Associated Press 11:59 AM February 13, 2014

The bill now goes to the Senate Finance Committee.

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The Senate State Affairs Committee has advanced a bill calling for the annual state oil wealth disbursement checks of those incarcerated to go first toward victim compensation.

The bill sponsored by Sen. Fred Dyson, a Republican from Eagle River, clears up who has priority to such Permanent Fund Dividend checks, as well as creates a reliable funding source for the Violent Crimes Compensation Board.

Felons and certain misdemeanor offenders have been ineligible by law to receive Permanent Fund Dividend checks since 1988.

SB104 puts the Victim Compensation Board first on the list in receiving the forfeited funds followed by child support, rehabilitation program payments, and coverage of any additional costs with that individual’s incarceration.

The bill now goes to the Senate Finance Committee.

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