Q Who has the authority to place a new bonding company on the list of companies authorized to bond individuals for a municipality?
A There is no requirement that a bondsman be on a list authorizing the bondsman to bond municipal prisoners. Section 83-39-3 provides that a bondsman must be licensed by the Mississippi Department of Insurance. A prisoner has a right to hire the bondsman of his choice so long as the bondsman is licensed by the Department of Insurance and is in good standing. The entity approving the bond cannot act in an arbitrary or capricious fashion when approving or rejecting bail bonds and should be able to articulate the reason why a bond was refused. (Attorney Generalís Opinion to Arnold dated July 16, 2010)