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No More Unnecessary Victims!
Judges should have guidelines to the degree and dollar amount they can forfeit a bail bond. Families of a defendant should not be made victims if defendant is taken back to jail.
Defendants should not have to choose between an emergency with a child, and making it to a court date. Court can be rescheduled; a life cannot.
Arizona Bail Bondsmen Association Making Changes
December 12, 2012 --The Arizona Bail Bondsmen Association is on the move and making changes to Arizona Revised Statutes related to Bail Bonds. Amending Sections 13-3969, 20-340.01 and 20-340.03. Within the documents in following list are the changes pertaining to the revised statutes.Current Documents for these bills.
- SECTIONS 13-3969, 20-340.01, 20-340.03
- SECTIONS 13-3974
- SECTIONS TITLE 13, CHAPTER 7 SEC 13-716, TITLE 41, CHAPTER 11 Article 1, SECTION 41-1604.18. Relating to the department of corrections
2011 Best of Mesa Award in the Bail Bond Services category
November 10, 2011 --Better Bail Bonds, with offices in Mesa and Phoenix, AZ, has been selected for the 2011 Best of Mesa Award in the Bail Bond Services category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).
The USCA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community. | News Release
Draft Bills from Arizona Legislative Council
November 2, 2011 -- Draft bills have been provided to the Arizona Bail Bondsmen Association from the Arizona Legislative Council. These drafts are in regard to Section 13. There are three drafts, with versions for the House and the Senate that have identical wording. The drafts are:
New Stakeholders Meetings Scheduled
November 1, 2011 -- A third Stakeholders Meeting has been scheduled for November 14, 2011. A fourth meeting will be scheduled for early December. Attending the December meeting will be Senator Frank Antenori, sponsor of several of the bills being proposed by the Arizona Bail Bondsmen Association. John Burns, Association President, will be meeting with several State Senators and Representatives prior to the meetings to discuss updates and changes to the proposed bills.
Crime Report Released
October 14, 2011 -- The 2010 Crime in Arizona Report has been released by the Arizona Department of Public Safety. | Download PDF
Facebook Page Launched
October 13, 2011 -- The Arizona Bail Bondsmen Association has launched their Facebook page. Please pay us a visit and join the conversation about today's issues affecting the Bail Bond Industry.
Second Stakeholders Meeting Held
September 30, 2011 -- On September 27, 2011, the second Stakeholders Meeting was conducted in the Republican Caucus Room at the Arizona Senate Building at the State Capital.
Meeting invitees included representatives from the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, House and Senate Banking and Insurance Committees, Arizona Department of Insurance, Arizona Department of Public Safety, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, Arizona Post, Sheriffs Association, Association of County Clerks, Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, Association of County Attorneys, Arizona Supreme Court, and the Police Chiefs Association.
The Arizona Bail Bondsmen Association is working to build an industry that has been forgotten about since 1962. The Commercial Bail Industry saves millions in taxpayers’ hard-earned money. Our goal is to strengthen the Commercial Bail Industry with training, education, licensing requirements, and most of all, to insure the public safety.
Our next stakeholders meeting will be scheduled for late October at the State Capital. We will review additional changes in the proposed bills.
First Stakeholders Meeting Held
August 31, 2011 -- On August 30, 2011, the first Stakeholders Meeting was conducted at the Arizona State Capital. The attendance was more than we expected. A great deal of information was covered in regard to the Commercial Bail Bond Industry.
These Stakeholders Meetings are INFORMATIONAL ONLY, and are being held in order to determine what changes need to be made in the Commerical Bail Bond Industry. The Stakeholders Meetings will get the various government agencies together to discuss issues facing the Commercial Bail Bond Industry.
Attendees to the first meeting included:
Jen Sweeney, Government Affairs Director, Arizona Association of Counties
Ray Churay, Deputy Chief, Criminal Intelligence Bureau, Legislative Liaison, Maricopa Co. Sheriff’s Office
Lyle Mann, Executive Director, Arizona Peace Officer Standards & Training Board
Jerry G. Landau, Government Affairs Director at Arizona Supreme Court
Aaron Nash, Special Counsel at Clerk of Superior Court/Maricopa County
Gerrie Marks, Deputy Director Arizona Department of Insurance
Thomas Stoxen, Deputy County Attorney, Civil Division, Office of the Yavapai County Attorney
Peter S. Spaw, Deputy County Attorney, Asset Recovery Bureau, Maricopa County Attorney’s Office
Rebecca Baker, Deputy County Attorney, Maricopa County Attorney’s Office
Kim MacEachern, Staff Attorney, Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys Advisory Council
John A Burns, President, Arizona Bail Bondsmen Association
Garth Kamp, Judiciary Committee Research Analyst, Arizona State Senate
Steve Primack, Legislative Council, Arizona State Senate
Bill Ritz, Banking and Insurance Committee Research Analyst, Arizona State Senate
Dennis Young, Deputy Director, Arizona Department of Public Safety
Our next stakeholders meeting will be on September 30, 2011 at the State Capital at 9:00 am. We will review changes in the proposed bills, and how we will proceed on Title 13.
Bounty Hunters, Are They Necessary?
August 19, 2011 -- Bounty Hunter Duane “Dog” Chapman on the business of being a bail bondsman.
After 10 Hours, Fugitive Yields to SWAT Team
July 30, 2011 -- A 22-year-old man was arrested Friday after a 10-hour standoff with SWAT officers at a motel on Tucson's south side. Just after 2 a.m., deputies responded to a call about gunfire in the 4900 block of South Outlet Center Drive, near Irvington Road and I-10, said Deputy Dawn Barkman, a Pima County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman. There, they found two bail bondsmen who had gone to arrest Felix and heard gunfire coming from inside the room where he was staying, Barkman said. The bail bondsmen used nonlethal force after Felix fired.
From the Arizona Daily Star: [more]
4-19-11-- AZ House Bill 2109 Signed
Arizona House Bill 2109 - 50th Legislature, sponsored by Representative Mccomish and Representative McLain, was signed into law on April 19, 2011.
This Bill requires an applicant for a bail bond agent license to submit an affadavit that attests to the applicant's residency in the State of Arizona for at least one year immediatelly preceding the date of the application.
Text of the bill is available on the Arizona State Legislature website | [more]
1-31-11 - Senate Bill SB1599
The first ever bill presented to Arizona State Legislation by the Arizona Bail Bondsmen Association; former Senator Versoors sponsoring the Bill so that Legislative Counsel Michael Haningburg could draft the bill. [more]
Read the President's entire letter to the Association. [more].
View the revisions to the bill. [more]
1-31-11 - HB2109 - House Bill
The association was made aware of a potential issue with a bill that was in the House. John Burns, President of the Association, testified in front of the Banking and Insurance Committee. Please view the video link listed below and see why the association is so important to our industry.
To view the video footage click here. Then to go directly to the HB2109 portion of the video, and click on that title under the video on the left.
To view the document that has the ammended sections, click here.