Amendment of Bail Bond Disclosure Requirements

Proposed Rules: Open to Comments

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Friday, March 29, 2019
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Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

The Department of Consumer Affairs is proposing to add new rules to implement Local Laws 142 and 143 of 2018, which require that bail bond agents make certain disclosures.  Local Law 142 requires bail bond agents to post a sign containing certain fee information at the location where transactions are executed.  Local Law 143, among other things, requires bail bond agents to provide a consumer bill of rights to prospective customers.  Specifically, these proposed rules:

  • clarify the size and font requirements for the informational sign required by section 20-831(b) of the Administrative Code;
  • clarify the size and font requirements for the informational flyer that must be given to consumers as required by section 20-831(c) of the Administrative Code;
  • create the consumer bill of rights required by section 20-831(a) and (c) of the Administrative Code; and
  • create the bail bond fees sign as required by section 20-832 of the Administrative Code.

 

Finally, these proposed rules add a penalty schedule to chapter 6 of title 6 of the Rules of the City of New York for violations of the Code and Rules relating to bail bond agents. 

 

On January 18, 2019, the Department held a hearing on these proposed rules and received public comments.  After reviewing the comments, the Department made changes to the Consumer Bill of Rights and the Bail Bond Fees sign.  These changes attempt to shorten and simplify the documents, such as by removing definitions and examples that some commenters had identified as unhelpful.  The Department is now submitting these proposed rules for a second public hearing and comment period.  

The Department welcomes comments regarding the process to have collateral returned, specifically those with suggested edits to ensure these proposed rules explain that process for the public in the most helpful manner. 

Sections 1043 and 2203(f) of the New York City Charter, and Sections 20-104(b) and 20-833 of the New York City Administrative Code authorize the Department of Consumer Affairs to make these proposed rules.

Public Hearing
Subject: 

.Amendment of Bail Bond Disclosure Requirements Hearing II

Public Hearing Date: 
Friday, March 29, 2019 - 10:00am
Contact: 

Casey Adams, 212-436-0095, cadams@dca.nyc.gov

Location: 
NYC Department of Consumer Affairs
42 Broadway 5th Floor
New York, NY 10004