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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan prohibits garnishments of federal stimulus checks

Governor Larry Hogan personally planning to address issues with the states unemployment website.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday signed an executive order prohibiting the garnishment of federal stimulus checks given out through the CARES Act due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The move comes one week after over two dozen workers rights groups co-signed a letter urging the Republican governor to protect checks that have been subject to garnishment from debt collectors.

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Under the order, effective immediately, checks are protected from financial and banking institutions, as well as credit unions. The order does not apply to garnishment relating to child support payments.

In recent weeks, states across the country have implemented measures to protect workers who have received relief from the $2 trillion aid package. In Washington, D.C., an emergency order bars creditors and debt collectors from acting on the garnishment of wages, earnings, or property for payments until July 9. The Supreme Court of Virginia ruled that garnishments will not be issued through April 26.

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Hogan’s order is effective until Maryland’s state of emergency and catastrophic health emergency has been lifted. Maryland’s unemployment claims declined last week for a second week but the state reported 37,225 claims for jobless benefits in the week that ended April 25.

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