Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: April 9, 2013
Senate recognizes “Dog the Bounty Hunter”
The Senate on Tuesday recognized Duane “Dog”
Chapman and his wife Beth for their efforts to establish regulations
on bail enforcers and bring fugitives to justice. Chapman, formerly
the star of the long-running television series, Dog the Bounty Hunter,
visited the state Capitol in support of Sen. Ralph Shortey’s
Senate Bill 1013, which would create the Bail Enforcement and Licensing
The measure would require all persons acting or engaging in bail
enforcement or bail recovery to be certified by the Council on Law
Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET).
“The Chapmans have been instrumental in bringing some of the
country’s most notorious criminals to justice, and now they
are helping the states pass legislation to regulate bounty hunters,”
said Shortey, R-Oklahoma City. “I’m grateful for their
support of this effort to establish common sense requirements for
bail enforcers, who play a very important role in law enforcement.
This bill will help guarantee the brave men and women who work in
this field are equipped with adequate training for the unique challenges
Under SB 1013, bounty hunters may be subject to a felony, and a
fine of $10,000 and imprisonment for up to three years, if they
act without a license. If an unlicensed bounty hunter is also in
possession of a firearm or other offensive weapon, an additional
$5,000 fine or 3 years imprisonment may be assessed.
The Senate on Tuesday approved Senate Resolution 17, authored by
Shortey, recognizing the work of the Chapmans to enact meaningful
state regulations for bail enforcers.
“Closing loopholes in this area of the law has been a priority
of mine since being elected to the Senate,” Shortey said.
“I’m confident my colleagues in the House understand
the need to address this issue, and will act quickly to send the
measure to the desk of the governor.”
The Senate approved SB 1013 by a vote of 46-0, and the measure was
recently advanced by the House Judiciary Committee.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Shortey: (405) 521-5557