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Monday, August 21, 2000

CORNYN ANNOUNCES CHILD SUPPORT ADVISORY WORK GROUP

Group will advise the Attorney General on county child support issues

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today named the public officials serving on the Child Support Advisory Work Group established to assist the Attorney General's Child Support Division with child support programs affecting counties.

Commenting on the work group, Attorney General Cornyn said, "I appreciate the assistance of the members of the group to work with the Office of the Attorney General to improve the functioning of the child support system so that more support is collected for the children of Texas."

Members of the new group that worked on the State Case Registry and Disbursement Unit Work Group are: Harris County District Clerk Charles Bacarisse; Montgomery County District Clerk Barbara Adamick; Bexar County IV-D Court Master James Rausch; Williamson County District Clerk Bonnie Wolbrueck; Nueces County District Clerk Oscar Soliz; Rusk County District Clerk Linda Smith; Potter County District Clerk Cindy Groomer; Wharton County Child Support Administrator Faye Evans; Tarrant County Domestic Relations Executive Director Norris Branham; Ector County District Clerk Jackie Barnes; and Wichita County Child Support Supervisor Mary Rhoads.

The other members named to the work group include: 231st District Judge Randy Catterton of Fort Worth, Hunt County Judge Joe Bobbitt; Smith County Precinct 4 Commissioner Andrew Melontree; Harris County IV-D Court Master Gregory Wettman; 216th District Judge Stephen Ables of Kerrville; and Travis County Precinct 5 Constable Bruce Elfant.

Specifically, the group will:

  • advise the Office of the Attorney General of the impact on counties that a proposed child support program or change may have;
  • establish a state-county child support improvement program;
  • advise the Office of the Attorney General on the operations of the state disbursement unit;
  • plan for monetary incentives for county partnership programs;
  • expand the number of agreements with counties for enforcement services; and
  • work with relevant statewide associations on a model partnership agreement.

For more information on the Office of the Attorney General, please visit the website www.oag.state.tx.us.

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