New Legislation Affects Way Bail Bondsmen Do Business

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This is the time of year when court clerks and others in government are on the lookout for changes in law to determine what impact they will have upon their operations.

After adjournment of the regular session of the Legislature in late May, lawmakers sent hundreds of pieces of legislation to the governor's office for consideration. As required by our state Constitution, every bill or resolution passed by the Legislature must be presented to the governor. The governor must either approve the legislation or return it to the Legislature, stating any objections.

However, after adjournment of the Legislature, the governor has only 15 days to approve proposed new laws. After that time, if the governor does not give his approval, the proposals are considered to have been pocket vetoed and they do not become law.

In the coming weeks, I will address some of the new laws that affect court clerks, the state courts or their operations. For example, two new laws recently signed by the governor change the laws applicable to bail bondsmen. One directly impacts court clerks' operations. The other has to do with licensing of bail bondsmen.

In Oklahoma, the State Insurance Department licenses bail bondsmen. Under applicable state laws, if a bondsman violates any of the rules or regulations relating to bail bonds, the insurance commissioner may suspend the bail bondsman's license pending an administrative hearing.

A portion of House Bill 1341 amends the bondsman hearing laws in two ways. …