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Monday, July 14, 2014, 5:18 p.m.

Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Darlene Harris said she will introduce legislation Tuesday that, if approved, would require the city treasurer to develop a policy to handle bad checks that includes recovering the cash and assessing fees.

Harris of Spring Hill wrote the bill in response to a recent controller's report indicating that banks returned $380,772 in checks from 2008 through 2013 because they were either unable to find accounts or determined that accounts lacked sufficient funds to cover an expense.

The legislation requires the treasurer's office to track bad checks, recover all money owed to the city and assign processing fees to the writers.

Mayor Bill Peduto's office previously said it intends to purchase check validation equipment to prevent acceptance of bad checks.

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