FRANKFORT — The Republican candidate for attorney general won an award Tuesday for outstanding performance in collecting child-support payments during his tenure as Hopkins County Attorney.
Todd P'Pool, who faces incumbent Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway in the Nov. 8 general election, received the award at a ceremony in Frankfort. P'Pool previously received outstanding service awards for child-support collection in 2009 and 2010.
If elected attorney general, P'Pool has said, he would push for changes in the way child support is collected to make it easier for parents to pay support. There is no option for automatic payment using debit or credit cards.
To find out how much someone owes or the status of a payment, a parent must call a toll-free number. P'Pool said he would like to see the status of payments move online so parents have real-time access to that information.
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"We have over $1.4 billion in uncollected child support in Kentucky; it is an area we have to improve," P'Pool said in a written release.
P'Pool said the state is using an outdated computer system that needs to be upgraded to make child support collection easier. It's not clear how much an upgrade would cost.
Child-support collection is administered by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. County attorneys contract with the cabinet to collect child support in individual counties.