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Give me five minutes

Just last night my daughter Samantha, a seventh grader, sang the National Anthem at the boys’ middle-school basketball game with just five minutes’ notice.  She volunteered after the scheduled singer cancelled.  She had never before sung the National Anthem in front of a crowd.  Kids are fearless.

As we roll into another legislative season there will be times when someone representing the bail profession will testify at their state house in support of, or in opposition to, a piece of legislation.  I’ve had the opportunity on several occasions to testify before a legislative body about bail bonds.  I’ve found it to be exhilarating.

In my experience, one must be prepared to articulate the purpose of a bail bond and the function of a bail agent as it relates to the criminal justice system in the course of five minutes of testimony.  Legislators don’t want to hear someone ramble on.  Get to the point of your concerns and leave time for questions.  Questions provide the opportunity to address specific concerns about the bill and clarify your position.

The first installment of the 2014 Bail Bond Legislative Log is now available.  Please take five minutes to review the list of bail related bills to see what is happening in your State and across the Country.  Let me know of bail legislation in your area not listed on this update.

Now, please stand while I sing the National Anthem. :)