WEST virginia legislature
2021 regular session
House Bill 2527
By Delegate Fast
[Introduced February 15, 2021; Referred to the Committee on Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse then the Judiciary]
A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §51-10A-7, relating to requiring a bail bondsman and bail bond enforcer submit results of drug test to Chief Judge in each jurisdiction; requiring that bail bondsman and bail bond enforcers be subject to random drug testing; creating penalty of suspension or termination for failure of, or refusal to submit to, drug test; establishing that drug test records be public.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
ARTICLE 10A. BAIL BOND ENFORCERS.
§51-10A-7. Mandatory drug testing.
(a) Every bail bondsman and bail bond enforcer shall submit to the chief judge in each jurisdiction, that he or she engages for profit in furnishing criminal bail or making bonds to assure the appearance persons charged with criminal violations, the results of a drug test administered from a reputable firm, that administers such tests and services. The bail bondsman and bail bond enforcer shall bear all expenses incurred related to this undertaking. Failure of the tests of any illegal substances shall result in an automatic revocation for that person of bonding privileges in the State of West Virginia.
(b) Bail bondsman or bail bond enforcers are subject to random drug tests by any municipal court, magistrate court, or circuit court judge as well as the prosecutor and/or his or her assistants in any county or jurisdiction described in subsection (a) of this section.
(c) Any bail bondsman or bail bond enforcer that willfully fails to submit to the appropriate court the results of any drug tests or refuses to take a drug test, shall be automatically suspended and/or terminated as a bail bondsman or bail bond enforcer in West Virginia as the court determines fit.
(d) The results of these mandatory drug tests shall be of public record and made available to any person requesting to review the results of the test.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to requiring bail bondsman and bail bond enforcers to submit results of drug test to Chief Judge in each jurisdiction; requiring bail bondsman be subject to random drug testing; creating penalty of suspension or termination for failure of, or refusal to submit to, drug test; establishing that drug test records be public.
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