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Dems ask Walker to veto bail bondsmen

Bill would let defendants hire bondsmen in certain counties

MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin Democrats are pressing Republican Gov. Scott Walker to erase language in the state budget that would allow bounty hunters to operate in the state.

Republicans on the Legislature's finance committee inserted a provision into the budget this month that would allow judges in Dane, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Racine and Waukesha counties to let defendants hire bail bond agencies. The program would expand statewide after five years.

Assembly and Senate Democrats sent Walker a letter Tuesday urging him to use his partial veto power to wipe out the provision before he signs the budget into law. They argue bail bondsmen target the poor and police and judges oppose the language.

Walker vetoed a similar plan in the 2011 budget. His spokesman said only that Walker is evaluating the current budget.


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