May. 04, 2015

HARRISBURG – In order to bring more uniformity to the way in which bail bondsmen operate in Pennsylvania, Rep. Tedd Nesbit (R-Mercer/Butler) today voted in favor of legislation that has passed the state House to privatize and regulate the profession.

House Bill 367, which is one of the first bills Nesbit has co-sponsored in his first term, seeks to put rules and regulations in place to ensure the profession operates uniformly across the Commonwealth.

“Bail bondsmen do important work in helping to ensure that defendants are afforded their constitutional due process, but much like our criminal justice system, rules should be clear and consistent across the state,” Nesbit said.

Under the legislation, measures would be established to provide accountability, professionalism and transparency for the practice of providing bail for those awaiting trial. The legislation would also not impose any additional financial burden on counties or the Commonwealth, since the fees to implement this uniform code would be paid solely by licensing fees for those looking to conduct business in Pennsylvania.

The legislation now heads to the state Senate for consideration.

Representative Tedd Nesbit
8th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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