State Roundup, March 31, 2017

BLACK CAUCUS AGAINST BAIL BOND BILL: In what could be a devastating blow to bail bondsmen, Maryland’s Legislative Black Caucus voted overwhelmingly Thursday to oppose legislation that would partially restore the role of cash bail in pretrial release, reports Michael Dresser for the Sun. The caucus voted 31-5 to oppose a bill favored by the bail bond industry — and approved by the state Senate — that would overrule the Court of Appeals’ instruction in February that court commissioners and judges consider other forms of pretrial release before resorting to cash bail.