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AG JB Van Hollen opposes budget measure to allow private bondsman

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin’s attorney general says he’d rather do without bounty hunters.

JB Van Hollen says he opposes a state budget measure that would let private bondsmen collect bail money – and then go after criminal defendants who don’t appear in court as scheduled.

The provision was added by the Joint Finance Committee.

It would allow judges to use bail bondsmen in Dane, Kenosha, Racine, Waukesha, and Milwaukee counties for a five-year period.

The program could then go statewide.

Wisconsin banished bail bondsmen in the 1970’s.

Van Hollen tells the Associated Press that no one has explained to him why it’s a good idea to bring them back. He said he’s been against bondsmen for some time.

Republican Governor Scott Walker is being asked for a second time to include the provision in the budget. He vetoed it two years ago.