Bondsmen testify on cash-only bail bonds amendment.
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Bondsmen testify on cash-only bail bonds amendment.

Date: May 8, 2012
By: Danielle Carter
State Capitol Bureau
Links: HB 1323

Intro: 
A hearing for a bill to crack down on unlicensed child care providers turned into a debate on evading cash-only bail bonds.
RunTime:  0:35
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap:  An amendment added to an unrelated bill received support from several bondsmen.

Representative Charlie Denison added an amendment that would provide a way around cash-only bail bonds.

Denison says the bill, which would raise fines for providers who lie about their licensure, was a good fit for his amendment.

Actuality:  DENISON4.WAV
Run Time:  00:07
Description: "The bill was open to it. You have to put a bill where it, an amendment, where it fits. It fit perfectly in that particular bill."

The bill's sponsor, Representative Linda Black, says the amendment was ill-placed. 

The committee did not vote on the bill.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Danielle Carter.

Intro: 
Three bondsmen spoke in favor of a bill amendment which would make it easier for criminals to avoid cash-only bail bonds.
RunTime:  0:41
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: The Senate Health Committee heard testimony on Sam Pratt's Law, a bill which would crack down on unlicensed child care providers.

However, the committee heard more testimony in favor of an amendment provided by Representative Charlie Denison.

Several bondsmen testified in favor of an amendment which would provide a way around a cash-only bail bond.

One said the legislation would save taxpayers money.

The bill's sponsor says she does not think the bill and amendment are well-suited for each other.

Actuality:  BLACK.WAV
Run Time:  00:06
Description: "It didn't fit very well within the scope of the bill. It may be questionable as to whether or not it should stay in the bill."

The committee did not vote on the bill.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Danielle Carter.

Intro: 
Several bondsmen spoke out in favor of an amendment allowing ways to evade a cash-only bail bond.
RunTime:  0:42
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: The Senate Health committee held a hearing for a bill to crack down on unlicensed child care providers.

However, three bondsmen testified in favor of an amendment to the bill which would provide ways to avoid a cash-only bail bond.

One of the bondsmen says the legislation would save tax payers money since they would not have to pay to keep a felon in jail.

Representative Charlie Denison, stumbled over his words before saying how the bill and his amendment were related.

Actuality:  DENISON5.WAV
Run Time:  00:09
Description: "The other one was dealing with uh...with uh...with uh...criminal activities. So it opened up."

The committee did not vote on the bill.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Danielle Carter.


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