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Lawmaker wants to keep bondsmen in check

February 16, 1999
By: Lee McGuire
State Capital Bureau

A Missouri lawmaker presented a plan to keep bounty hunters in check to a House committee today/Tuesday. Lee McGuire reports from Jefferson City.

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For three years, Kansas City Democratic Representative Marsha Campbell has pushed bills that would require bail bondsmen be licensed.

This time, she says, her plan might make it through.

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Contents: She says the contract bountyhunters are a problem.

Campbell says most bounty hunters don't bother anyone, except fugitives.

But a few go too far, and state licensing would keep that cowboy attitude under control. Her bill would also force bail bondsmen to have insurance and be trained. One bountyhunter told a House Committee those restrictions would force him out of business.

In Jefferson City, Lee McGuire, KMOX News.


Whether bountyhunters should be licensed and required to have insurance was the topic today/Tuesday at a House committee hearing in Jefferson City. Lee McGuire reports from the state capital.

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Kansas City Democratic Representative Marsha Campbell wants the state to keep a closer eye on the bail bondsmen who chase down fugitives.

George Dodge runs a bail bonds company oversees bountyhunters all over the state. He says that's not a bad idea:

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Contents: He says he doesn't do anything terribly bad anyway.

Dodge says some bountyhunters have a cowboy mentality that a licensing plan would keep under control.

But one bail bondsman told the House Judiciary Committee that he'd go out of business if the plan went through. In Jefferson City, Lee McGuire, KMOX News.