H.B.1543. Bail, Bail Bonds - As introduced, increases training requirements for bounty hunters, including additional training for bounty hunters who will carry a firearm or less than lethal device; requires a bounty hunter to be accompanied by a law enforcement officer in possession of a search or arrest warrant in order to enter private property without permission. - Amends TCA Title 40, Chapter 11.

Tennessee House of Representatives
Last action 16 days ago
Polls (closed):
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Summary

                    This bill revises certain present laws regarding bounty hunters, as discussed below.

Present law permits bounty hunting in this state by an individual from another state who presents:

(1) Proper credentials from a professional bondsman in another state, verifying that the bounty hunter is an agent of the bondsman;  (2) A pocket card certifying that the bounty hunter has completed the equivalent amount of continuing education training in another state as is required in this state within the last year; and (3) Proof of an equivalent criminal history background check from another state as is required in this state. 
                
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                    This bill removes the provisions for bounty hunters from other states and permits bounty hunting in this state only by an individual who:

(1) Is an agent of a professional bondsman credentialed in this state; (2) Has successfully completed continuing education training in this state, and presents a pocket card certifying such training; and  (3) Submits to a criminal history background check at the sheriff's office at the county of the person's residence in this state.

Present law requires bail bondsmen and bonding agents to obtain continuing education requirements of eight hours of training annually.

This bill requires, in addition to the above continuing education requirements, a person to complete the following training, and pass an examination based on the training prior to beginning work as a bounty hunter:

(1) At least eight hours of general training administered by a certified trainer; (2) For bounty hunters who will carry a club, stun gun, chemical spray, night stick, or other weapon other than a firearm, appropriate training specific to the device by an instructor who is certified to instruct for the specific device; or (3) For bounty hunters who will carry a firearm:

(A) At least eight additional classroom hours of firearms training administered by a certified trainer; and (B) At least four hours of marksmanship training administered by a certified trainer, and achieve a minimum of 70 percent on any silhouette target course approved by the commissioner of commerce and insurance.

This bill also prohibits bounty hunters from entering private property for the purpose of taking a person into custody without the express permission of the private property owner, unless the bounty hunter is accompanied by a law enforcement officer who is in possession of an arrest warrant for the person or a search warrant for the private property.

Increase State Expenditure - $43,100/One-Time $57,700/Recurring
                

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Actions

  • Comp. became Pub. Ch. 826

    Fri, May 4th 2018
  • Pub. Ch. 826

    Fri, May 4th 2018
  • Effective date(s) 07/01/2018

    Fri, May 4th 2018
  • Signed by Governor.

    Tue, Apr 24th 2018
  • Transmitted to Governor for his action.

    Tue, Apr 17th 2018
  • Signed by Senate Speaker

    Mon, Apr 16th 2018
  • Signed by H. Speaker

    Thu, Apr 12th 2018
  • Companion House Bill substituted

    Wed, Apr 11th 2018
  • Received from House, Passed on First Consideration

    Wed, Apr 11th 2018
  • Senate substituted House Bill for companion Senate Bill.

    Wed, Apr 11th 2018
  • Amendment withdrawn. (Amendment 1 - SA0936)

    Wed, Apr 11th 2018
  • Passed Senate, Ayes 30, Nays 0

    Wed, Apr 11th 2018
  • Enrolled; ready for sig. of H. Speaker.

    Wed, Apr 11th 2018
  • Placed on Senate Regular Calendar calendar for 4/11/2018

    Fri, Apr 6th 2018
  • H. adopted am. (Amendment 1 - HA0885)

    Thu, Apr 5th 2018
  • Passed H., as am., Ayes 88, Nays 0, PNV 0

    Thu, Apr 5th 2018
  • Sponsor(s) Added.

    Thu, Apr 5th 2018
  • Engrossed; ready for transmission to Sen.

    Thu, Apr 5th 2018
  • H. Placed on Regular Calendar for 4/5/2018

    Thu, Mar 29th 2018
  • Placed on cal. Calendar & Rules Committee for 3/29/2018

    Wed, Mar 28th 2018
  • Rec. for pass; ref to Calendar & Rules Committee

    Tue, Mar 27th 2018
  • Recommended for passage with amendment/s, refer to Senate Calendar Committee Ayes 9, Nays 0 PNV 0

    Tue, Mar 27th 2018
  • Action deferred in Senate Judiciary Committee to 3/28/2018

    Wed, Mar 21st 2018
  • Placed on cal. Finance, Ways & Means Committee for 3/27/2018

    Wed, Mar 21st 2018
  • Rec. for pass by s/c ref. to Finance, Ways & Means Committee

    Wed, Mar 21st 2018
  • Placed on Senate Judiciary Committee calendar for 3/27/2018

    Wed, Mar 21st 2018
  • Action deferred in Senate Judiciary Committee to 3/21/2018

    Tue, Mar 20th 2018
  • Placed on Senate Judiciary Committee calendar for 3/21/2018

    Tue, Mar 20th 2018
  • Placed on Senate Judiciary Committee calendar for 3/20/2018

    Wed, Mar 14th 2018
  • Rec. for pass. if am., ref. to Finance, Ways & Means Committee

    Wed, Mar 14th 2018
  • Assigned to s/c Finance, Ways & Means Subcommittee

    Wed, Mar 14th 2018
  • Placed on s/c cal Finance, Ways & Means Subcommittee for 3/21/2018

    Wed, Mar 14th 2018
  • Placed on cal. Criminal Justice Committee for 3/14/2018

    Wed, Mar 7th 2018
  • Rec for pass if am by s/c ref. to Criminal Justice Committee

    Tue, Mar 6th 2018
  • Placed on s/c cal Criminal Justice Subcommittee for 3/6/2018

    Wed, Feb 28th 2018
  • Action Def. in s/c Criminal Justice Subcommittee to 3/6/2018

    Tue, Feb 27th 2018
  • Placed on s/c cal Criminal Justice Subcommittee for 2/27/2018

    Wed, Feb 21st 2018
  • Sponsor(s) withdrawn.

    Wed, Feb 14th 2018
  • Assigned to s/c Criminal Justice Subcommittee

    Fri, Jan 19th 2018
  • Passed on Second Consideration, refer to Senate Judiciary Committee

    Thu, Jan 18th 2018
  • P2C, ref. to Criminal Justice Committee

    Thu, Jan 18th 2018
  • Introduced, Passed on First Consideration

    Wed, Jan 17th 2018
  • Intro., P1C.

    Wed, Jan 17th 2018
  • Filed for introduction

    Thu, Jan 11th 2018
  • Filed for intro.

    Thu, Jan 11th 2018