HARRISBURG – Common pleas and magisterial district judges would be allowed to hire private collection agencies to pursue overdue court fines and costs under a bill that’s been approved by the PA Legislature. Senate Bill 516 would apply after a defendant fails to appear for a court hearing on the status of restitution and other court-related financial costs. A Senate analysis projects it could bring in a few million dollars in the short term and hundreds of millions a year after that. Backers say much of the unpaid costs are traffic fines from people who live in other counties.