§21A-6-17. Food stamp overissuance intercept of unemployment benefits.

(a) Notwithstanding the provisions of section two, article ten of this chapter, the commissioner shall deduct and withhold from any unemployment compensation payable to an individual that owes an uncollected overissuance of food stamp coupons, as defined under subsection (f) of this section:

(1) The amount, if any, determined pursuant to a written agreement between the individual and the department of health and human resources under Section 13(c)(3)(A) of the Food Stamp Act of 1977, as codified in 7 U.S.C. 2022(c)(3)(A), and submitted to the commissioner; or

(2) Any amount otherwise required to be deducted and withheld from such unemployment compensation pursuant to legal process, as that term is used in Section 13(c)(3)(B) of the Food Stamp Act of 1977, as codified in 7 U.S.C. 2022(c)(3)(B) properly served upon the commissioner.

(b) Any amount deducted and withheld under subsection (a) of this section shall be paid by the commissioner to the department of health and human resources.

(c) Any amount deducted and withheld under subsection (a) of this section shall for all purposes be treated as if it were paid to the individual as unemployment compensation and paid by the individual to the department of health and human resources in satisfaction of the individual's uncollected overissuance.

(d) For purposes of this section, the term "unemployment compensation" means any compensation payable under this chapter, including amounts payable by the commissioner pursuant to an agreement under any federal law providing for compensation, assistance or allowances with respect to unemployment.

(e) This section applies only if appropriate arrangements have been made for reimbursement by the department of health and human resources for the administrative costs incurred by the commissioner under this section which are attributable to uncollected overissuance being enforced by the state or department of health and human resources.

(f) The term "uncollected overissuance" means, for purposes of this section, obligations which are being enforced pursuant to a plan described in Section 13(c)(1) of the Food Stamp Act of 1977, as codified in 7 U.S.C. 2022(c)(1).