Last Week, Palmetto Surety Corporation and United Bail of America worked the halls of the U.S. Senate, spending three full days in Washington D.C. fighting for the Bail Industry. I have listed the Senators we were able to address our concerns with and their legislative staff. We had a lot of open dialogue which provided us with some great insight as to the direction our strategy should lead moving into 2018. After talking with groups from both the republican and democratic parties, there was a consensus that the federal government should not be controlling the states and their pre-trial systems. Everyone felt that the Paul Harris Bill should not be something that Capitol Hill be involved in and were very glad to see our industry inside their doors to openly discuss the issues being pushed. All parties also felt that our industry is imperative in the criminal justice system and asked that we review the bill and work in legislation to better this obstacle, if in fact this bill where to make a move. They all read and see the news about bail reform daily, however they explained that our industry should not become over worried about the media campaigns coming into play as they do see the agenda in the underline.

We were advised the Paul Harris Bill has not moved and they felt it would be late spring of 2018 before any markup would occur. This allows us time to be in D.C. bi-monthly fighting for our industry. We have received several correspondences from our meetings already and feel confident we can make a difference.

Below is a list of the Senators offices I was able to meet with.

Mark R. Warner (D) – VA
Tammy Baldwin (D) – WI
Corey Gardner (R) – CO
Tim Scott (R) – SC
Jeff Flake (R) – AZ
Lamar Alexander (R) – TN
Catherine Cortez Mastro (D) – NV
Todd Young (R) – IN
Christopher A. Coons (D) – DE
Ron Johnson (R) – WI
Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D) – PA
Brian Schatz (D) – HI
Charles E. Schumer (D) – NY
Dianne Feinstein (D) – CA

 

Scott B. Willis
CEO, Palmetto Surety