California bounty hunters may be required to hold a license

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Bounty hunting in California could change as they may be required to hold a license following the approval of Assembly Bill 2043 by the Appropriations Committee.

Reggie Jones-Sawyer, a member of the Assembly of Los Angeles, is the originator of this bill.

Under current state law, bail agent licenses, bail permittee licenses, and bail attorney licenses are required, but not for fugitive recovery agents.

This bill would require that a bond of $1,000 and a liability insurance policy with minimum limits of $1,000,000 be posted with the insurance commissioner.

One of the bill’s sponsors is Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara.

The Insurance Commissioner oversees the approval and renewal of these licenses and would do the same for fugitive recovery agents under the new law.

The bill would also require a 40-hour Power of Arrest course to also be completed by fugitive recovery officers, as well as the already required 20-hour classroom training on the duties and responsibilities of a bail licensee.

The bill would also bar those convicted of a felony from being a bail fugitive recovery officer and a bail license holder.

Milton S. Rodgers