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OBA Elects Two New Board Members

The OBA recently announced the election of two new board members. Carol Knight of Oklahoma City and Connie Allbritton of Norman have been elected vice president and treasurer, respectively. “We are adding two exceptional bondsmen to our board,” said Raymond Merrill, president of OBA. “We look forward to utilizing their knowledge to continue to grow and improve our organization.” Knight …

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Local Bondsmen Join National Board

The Oklahoma Bondsman Association recently announced that two Oklahoma bondsmen have been selected to serve on the board of directors for the Professional Bail Agents of the United States. Laurie Poole, of Oklahoma City, was appointed director at large of the Professional Bail Agents of the United States (PBUS). Tom Trepagnier, also of Oklahoma City, was elected Midwest director of …

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Statement on HB 2621

House Bill 2621, by Rep. Kevin West, R-Moore, and Sen. James Leewright, R-Bristow, which would have required those who have been accused of a crime and bonded out only to be accused of a more serious or additional criminal charge to post supplemental bond commensurate with their updated offense, passed unanimously through the House yesterday afternoon. However, due to the early adjournment of the Senate, the bill …

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OBA Announces Support of H.R. 2152

Earlier this week, OBA reached out to Oklahoma’s congressional delegation to express its support for H.R. 2152, also known as the Citizen’s Right to Know Act, sponsored by Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX). The legislation was recently reported out of Judiciary Committee as Do Pass. OBA President Raymond Merrill wrote the following in each letter to the members of the delegation: …

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OBA Bills to Watch

Following the deadline of legislative bill filing for the Second Session of the 56th Legislature, OBA has taken stances on the following bills as they move through session. SB 1251 – Filed by Sen. James Leewright (R-Bristow) Senate Bill 1251 amends previous legislation relating to bail bonds, including provisions relating to the exoneration of bond and forfeiture and requiring credit …

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Statement on SB 1251

OBA announced its support of Senate Bill 1251 at the conclusion of the bill filing process for the Second Session of the 56th Legislature. SB 1251, authored by Sen. James Leewright (R-Bristow), amends previous legislation relating to bail bonds, including provisions relating to the exoneration of bond and forfeiture and requiring credit for certain premiums paid. “In Oklahoma, there are …

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Statement on HB 3694

As the legislative bill filing deadline concluded for the Second Session of the 56th Legislature, various bills seek to impact the criminal justice system in Oklahoma. Among those is House Bill 3694 by Rep. Kevin Calvey (R-Oklahoma City), which would create the State and Municipal Bail Bond Procedure Act for Nonviolent Criminal Offenses. OBA has expressed its opposition of the …

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OBA President Discusses OR Bonds with Journal Record

OBA president, Raymond Merrill, recently shared some insight into the use of Own Recognizance (OR) bonds with The Journal Record. As a part of his guest column, he discussed the issues and considerations that should be weighed before choosing OR bonds as an alternative for pre-trial release. Read his full guest column below or see it on The Journal Record’s website …

OBA announces support of Marsy’s Law for Oklahoma

The OBA has announced its support for Marsy’s Law for Oklahoma, also known as State Question 794, that will be on the ballot for voters next year. “Marsy’s Law is a great step forward in protecting victims’ rights, which is something that is incredibly important to me and my fellow bondsmen,” said Raymond Merrill, president of OBA. “We are proud …

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OBA Names New President, Vice President and Member at Large

OBA recently named Raymond Merrill of Sallisaw, Oklahoma as its new board president. Rusty Roberts of Tulsa and Ken Boyer, Jr. of Oklahoma City have also been appointed as vice president and member at large. Merrill was elected president of the board after previously serving as the vice president for the past five years. Merrill began his career in the …