By: Hartnett H.B. No. 1467
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
relating to the release of bond obligations by bail bond sureties;
providing criminal penalties.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Subchapter E, Chapter 1704, Occupations Code, is
amended by adding Sections 1704.214 and 1704.215 to read as
Sec. 1704.214. RELEASE FROM LIABILITY; REFUND. The license
holder shall refund any fee paid by a person for a bond or surety if
the license holder is released from liability on the bond or surety.
Sec. 1704.215. RELEASE FROM LIABILITY; SURRENDER OF
PRINCIPAL AND RELATED FEES. If a license holder receives
permission from a court to be released from liability on a bond,
and the principal of the bond is later the subject of an arrest
warrant for the case for which the obligations were released, the
license holder shall pay to the sheriff:
(1) $50, if the license holder surrenders the
principal to the sheriff;
(2) $150, if the principal is arrested in the county,
except as provided by Subdivision (1); or
(3) the greater of the actual costs incurred in making
the arrest or $150, if the principal is arrested outside the county.
SECTION 2. Subchapter G, Chapter 1704, Occupations Code, is
amended by adding Section 1704.307 to read as follows:
Sec. 1704.307. CHURNING OF BAIL BONDS; OFFENSE. (a) A
license holder who has been released from liability on a bond may
not execute a bond for the same principal on the same case, or
recommend that another license holder execute a bond for the same
principal on the same case.
(b) A person commits an offense if the person violates this
section. An offense under this section is a Class B misdemeanor.
SECTION 3. This Act takes effect September 1, 2003.