Committee Approves Klunk Bills to Modernize Family Law Arbitration, Close Bail Bonds Loophole
11/9/2021
HARRISBURG – The House Judiciary Committee today advanced two pieces of legislation sponsored by Rep. Kate Klunk (R-Hanover) to the full House.

House Bill 1366, known as the Pennsylvania Family Law Arbitration Act, would create a statutory structure for the arbitration of family law disputes in Pennsylvania.

“The sad reality of divorce is it has a lasting impact on all parties involved, especially children,” Klunk said. “This arbitration method not only reduces strains on the courts, but also strains on families.”

The legislation is based on the Uniform Family Law Arbitration Act developed by the Uniform Law Commission and is consistent with the recently passed Revised Uniform Arbitration Act (Act 55 of 2018). As parties take advantage of this private arbitration method to resolve family law matters, the significant backlog of court matters due to the COVID-19 pandemic would be alleviated and save taxpayer dollars.

Klunk’s House Bill 2046 was also voted out of committee today, which would amend existing definitions related to bail bondsman and sureties in the criminal justice system. The legislation would establish that all sureties, whether the services are financially compensated or pro-bono, are properly licensed, maintain their insurance and report the activities of the person released on bail should they commit another crime.

“House Bill 2046 would create a provision requiring all bail bondsman be licensed, putting everyone at parity,” Klunk said. “It also would provide oversight of an important aspect of our legal system.”

The legislation would ensure all sureties and bondsmen are held to the same standards of professional accountability for the benefit of our communities and public safety.

Both bills now go to the full House for consideration.

Representative Kate A. Klunk
169th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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