Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
Chapter 18 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 16 the following section:-
Section 16A. Any person whose name was certified after January first, nineteen hundred and eighty-four, by the department for collection of child or spousal support arrearages pursuant to applicable federal law and who is notified by the Internal Revenue Service that his federal income tax refund has been intercepted in order to satisfy, in whole or in part, such child or spousal support arrearage, shall have a right to a hearing, under the provisions of section sixteen, upon appeal to the commissioner. The purpose of the hearing shall be to determine whether the certification and intercept were accomplished in conformity with federal law and regulation and whether the amount intercepted is equal to or less than the amount owed; provided, however, that said hearing shall not include any issue regarding a nondebtor spouse's share of the intercepted federal income tax refund.