Bail bondsman; deposit for surrender of principal for reasons other than failure to appear. (HB136)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Collins (R-Winchester)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Bail bondsman; deposit for surrender of principal for reasons other than principal's failure to appear. Provides that if a bail bondsman on a bond in a recognizance surrenders his principal for any reason other than the principal's failure to appear in any court, the bondsman shall deposit with the clerk of court or magistrate the greater of 10 percent of the amount of the bond or $50, which shall be made at such time the bondsman makes application for a capias. Under current law, such deposit is made by a bail bondsman on a bond in recognizance if he surrenders his principal for any reason other than a summons to show cause issued by the court for which the principal is to appear. The bill also replaces "principal" with "payer" in specifying to whom deposited funds are returned if the court finds that the surrender of the principal by the bondsman was unreasonable. If the bondsman does not petition the court for the return of the deposited funds within 15 days from the surrender of the principal, the deposited funds shall be paid into the state treasury to be credited to the Literary Fund. This bill incorporates HB 138. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/18/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102543D
12/18/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/14/2020Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/15/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment (7-Y 0-N)
01/22/2020Committee substitute printed 20106258D-H1
01/22/2020Incorporates HB138 (Collins)
01/22/2020Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2020Read first time
01/27/2020Read second time
01/27/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20106258D-H1
01/27/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB136H1
01/28/2020Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
01/28/2020VOTE: (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
01/29/2020Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/05/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB136H1)
02/12/2020Reported from Judiciary (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2020Read third time
02/17/2020Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB136ER)
02/19/2020Signed by Speaker
02/20/2020Signed by President
02/24/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 24, 2020
02/24/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 2, 2020
03/02/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 20 (effective 7/1/20)
03/02/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0020)

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