Ohio House Passes Bill to Close Federal Asset Forfeiture Loophole

COLUMBUS, Ohio (May 30, 2016) – Last week, the Ohio House passed a bill that would reform asset forfeiture laws to prohibit the state from taking property without a criminal conviction in the majority of cases. The legislation also takes on federal forfeiture programs by banning prosecutors from circumventing state laws by passing cases off to the feds.

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Ohio House Committee Passes Bill to Curb “Policing for Profit” Via Asset Forfeiture; Close Federal Loophole

COLUMBUS, Ohio (May 23, 2016) – Last week, an Ohio House committee passed a bill that would reform 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.

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New Hampshire Asset Forfeiture Bill Unmasks Power of Police Lobby

CONCORD, N.H. (May 12, 2016) – Last week, a New Hampshire Senate committee passed a bill that represents an important first step to reform and restrict asset forfeiture, but bowed to law enforcement pressure and amended out sections that would have removed “policing for profit” incentives from state law. The move by the committee reveals the power and aggressiveness of the law enforcement lobby.

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Signed By the Governor: New Nebraska Law Takes on “Policing for Profit” Via Asset Forfeiture

LINCOLN, Neb. (April 20, 2016) – With the stroke of a pen, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts ended civil asset forfeiture by the state, signing a bill that reforms asset forfeiture laws to prohibit the state from taking property without a criminal conviction. 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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Delaware Bill Takes on “Policing for Profit” via Asset Forfeiture, Closes Federal Loophole

DOVER, Del. (April 18, 2016) – A bill introduced in the Delaware Senate would reform the state’s asset forfeiture laws to prohibit the state from taking property without a criminal conviction. 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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To the Governor: Nebraska Senate Votes 38-8 to take on “Policing for Profit” via Asset Forfeiture

LINCOLN, Neb. (April 14, 2016) – Yesterday, the Nebraska Senate gave final approval to a bill that would reform asset forfeiture laws to prohibit the state from taking property without a criminal conviction. 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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End the Status Quo on Asset Forfeiture

The following is a letter from California resident and activist Brian Gonzalez to his Assembly representative on SB443. This bill takes on Asset Forfeiture in the state, and would close a huge federal loophole that allows local police in California circumvent state-level asset forfeiture restrictions by “passing off” cases to federal agents and still getting up to 80% of the proceeds. (learn more here)

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