Gov. Hogan issues emergency order prohibiting garnishment of new federal stimulus payments

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Posted at 2:13 PM, Mar 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-15 14:21:53-04

ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Larry Hogan issued an emergency order prohibiting garnishment of federal stimulus payments provided under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

“For more than a year now, COVID-19 has caused incredible hardships for the people of our nation and our state,” said Gov. Hogan. “This funding is intended to support working families and struggling Marylanders, and we are committed to doing everything possible to protect this much-needed relief for those who need it most.”

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Hogan’s order provides that American Rescue Plan Act Economic Impact Payments are exempt from, and shall not be subject to, garnishment; and all financial institutions are ordered to consider these payments as protected and cannot be subject to a court-ordered garnishment.

In April, Hogan issued an emergency order prohibiting garnishments of CARES Act Recovery Rebates.