Consumer protections: contracts and agreements to finance or secure a bail bond or immigration bond
Senate Bill 318, authored by Senator Hertzberg and co-sponsored by CLICC, will not change existing law. Instead, it will clarify definitions in consumer protection laws to explicitly include for-profit bail bond companies. Currently, these companies behave as though consumer protection laws do not apply to them. This bill will add language to existing laws to specify
that bail bondsmen are not exempt. Consumers of commercial bail services, that is, people in stressful situations who can’t afford to pay bail out of pocket and are therefore particularly susceptible to exploitation, deserve the same protections afforded to other consumers, and Senate Bill 318 ensures the law does not leave them out.