Washington Bill Would Curb “Policing for Profit” Via Asset Forfeiture, But Federal Loophole Remains

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Dec. 22, 2016) – A bill filed in the Washington House for the 2017 legislative session would reform the state’s asset forfeiture laws by prohibiting the state from taking property without a criminal conviction. But a loophole in the legislation would allow law enforcement to work with the feds to skirt the more stringent state law.

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Texas Bill Takes on “Policing for Profit” via Asset Forfeiture, Closes Federal Loophole

AUSTIN, Texas (Dec. 21, 2016) – A bill prefiled in the Texas Senate for the 2017 legislative session would reform the state’s asset forfeiture laws to prohibit the state from taking property without a criminal conviction in most cases. The legislation also takes on federal forfeiture programs by banning prosecutors from circumventing state laws by passing cases off to the feds in most situations.

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Utah Bill Would Curb “Policing for Profit” Via Asset Forfeiture

CORRECTION: We originally reported that HB19 leaves open a loophole that would allow law enforcement to work with the feds to skirt the more stringent state law. In fact, a statute passed in 2014 closes the loophole.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (Dec. 16, 2016) – A bill filed in the Utah House for the 2017 legislative session would reform the state’s asset forfeiture laws, making it more difficult for police to seize property.

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To the Governor: Ohio Legislature Passes Bill to Close Federal Asset Forfeiture Loophole

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Dec. 9, 2016) – Yesterday, the Ohio legislature gave final approval to a bill that would reform asset forfeiture laws to prohibit the state from taking property without criminal charges in many cases. The legislation also takes on federal forfeiture programs by banning prosecutors from circumventing state laws by passing cases off to the feds in most situations.

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