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New NC bail bondsman training law blocked by judge

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A Wake County judge has blocked enforcement of a new law that gave the training and continuing education of North Carolina bail bond agents to a single trade group, calling the new restrictions an unconstitutional monopoly.

Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens ruled late Monday in favor of the parent company of the North Carolina Bail Academy and issued a preliminary injunction that prevents the law from being carried out. The law's implementation date was Oct. 1.

The academy and the North Carolina Bail Agents Association had been competing providers of bail bonding education earlier this year, but the General Assembly passed a law saying the association was now the sole provider. The academy has said it would have to close if the law was enforced.

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