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Civil Forfeiture Reforms

Concerning civil forfeiture reform, and, in connection therewith, changing the entity required to report on forfeitures, expanding the scope of the forfeitures to be reported, establishing grant programs, changing the disbursement of net forfeiture proceeds, and making an appropriation.
2018 Regular Session
Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
Bill Summary

During the 2017 session, the general assembly enacted a bill involving civil forfeiture requiring seizing agencies to submit reports to the department of local affairs (department). The bill requires reporting agencies rather than seizing agencies to file the reports and defines 'reporting agency'. The bill also expands the scope of the reports to include seizures related to a local public nuisance law or ordinance.

The 2017 act also prohibited seizing agencies from receiving forfeiture proceeds from the federal government unless the aggregate value of property seized in a case is over $50,000. The bill establishes the law enforcement assistance grant program in the department of public safety to reimburse seizing agencies for revenue lost because of this prohibition.

The bill establishes the law enforcement community services grant program (program) in the division of local government in the department to provide grants to law enforcement agencies, local governments, and community organizations to improve community services. It establishes a committee to review grant applications and make recommendations on grant awards and establishes a fund from which grants are paid.

Under current law, the net balance of proceeds received from a forfeiture action are divided evenly between the governmental body of the seizing agency and the managed service organization providing behavioral health in the judicial district (MSO). The bill provides that the 50% that went to the MSO is now divided so that the MSO and the new law enforcement community services grant program fund each receive 25%.

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


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