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Bounty hunters may soon ply their trade in Oregon
by Janie Har, The Oregonian
Friday June 05, 2009, 1:46 PM
Bail bondsmen may soon be back in Oregon.
Oregon is one of four states that doesn’t allow commercial operators to put up bail for criminal defendants — and then hunt them down if the alleged bad guys bail on court. House Bill 2682 would require an interim committee to study the issue before the next legislative session.
Bondsmen have been banned in Oregon since 1974. Their lobbyist, Paul Romain, says that means there are criminals living in Oregon who are literally thumbing their noses at the law.
“The whole idea is to look this system over and see if we want to change (it),”he said.
The vote in Senate Rules was 3-to-1, with Senate Minority Leader Ted Ferrioli, R-John Day saying no. The other Republican on the panel, Sen. Jason Atksinon, R-Central Point, said he didn’t think they needed to pass legislation to tell an interim committee what to do.
“But (Sen.) Ginny (Burdick) gave me the look and asked me to be courteous, and I will be,” he said. “In the faint hope of meeting Dog the Bounty Hunter, I will vote yes.”
The bill heads to the full Senate. It has already cleared the House.