By: Camille Lindsey

Oklahoma House Bill 2259 is about to shake up collections and recovery across the state. Passed in May, this law revolutionizes the court cost collection and compliance program. It will go into effect November 1, 2023.

Account Management Resources (AMR) was asked to join the state’s Cost Administration Implementation Committee (CAIC) to represent collection companies and ensure the bill provided practical solutions that met both the defendants and county’s needs.

Read more below to learn why this matters, the industry repercussions and the road ahead.

So, what’s in the bill?

Starting November 1, 2023, a new initiative known as the Court Cost Compliance Program will launch.

The Goal: To assist counties and courts in collecting fines, costs, fees, and assessments.

Focused on cases with active warrants, the program takes steps in creating a statewide, uniform process to simplify payments and focus on citizens most capable of paying. With this baseline process, officials, citizens and recovery experts can expect a quicker, more efficient process despite regularly rotating personnel.

For further details, find the bill summary here.

What’s the new process?

Specifics are yet to be determined. As the state settles on a streamlined approach, we anticipate a learning curve. Rest assured, AMR remains committed to monitoring developments and keeping our clients informed.

How does this affect AMR’s clients?

  • This bill keeps defendants out of jail and makes it easier to pay down fines and fees.
  • A streamlined approach makes it easier for citizens to fulfill their payment requirements, boosting collections for the County.
  • The bill will relieve indigent citizens and allow focus to be redirected to citizens with a greater capacity to pay.
  • With a seat on the CAIC board, AMR leads the charge on navigating these transformative changes and promises to keep you up to date.

The Court Cost Compliance Program guarantees a more efficient recovery process, even with expected adjustments.

Wondering how this bill may affect you? Reach out to Pete Pitchford to discuss.

Disclaimer: This blog is for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice. Please consult a legal professional for any specific questions or concerns regarding HB2259.