LAWS OF PENNSYLVANIA
Amending Titles 18 (Crimes and Offenses) and 42 (Judiciary and Judicial
Procedure) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, further providing for the
offense of bad checks and the action for charges.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania hereby
enacts as follows:
Section 1. Section 4105(e) of Title 18 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated
Statutes is amended to read:
§ 4105. Bad checks.
Costs.—Upon conviction under this section the sentence shall
include an order for the issuer or passer to reimburse the payee or such
other party as the circumstances may indicate for:
(1) The face amount of the check.
(2) Interest at the legal rate on the face amount of the check from the
date of dishonor by the drawee.
(3) A service charge [not to exceed $20] if written notice of the
service charge was conspicuously displayed on the payee’s premises
when the check was issued. The service charge shall not exceed $20
unless the payee is charged fees in excess of $20 by financial
institutions as a result ofsuch bad check or similar sight orderfor the
payment of money. lithe payee is chargedfees in excess of $20, then
the service charge shallnot exceed the actual amount ofthe fees.
Section 2. Section 8304(b) of Title42 is amended to read:
§ 8304. Damages in actions on bad checks.
(b) Limitation.—Damages recovered under this section may not exceed
by more than $500 the value of the check and shall be awarded only if:
(1) the payee made written demand of the issuer for payment of the
amount of the check, including interest and service charges authorized
by 18 Pa.C.S. § 4105(e), not less than ten days before commencing the
(2) the issuer failed to tender to the payee, prior to commencement of
the action, an amount of money not less than the amount demanded.
Section 3. This actshall take effect in 60 days,
APPRovED—The 22nd day of June, A,D. 2000.
THOMAS J. RIDGE