Signed by the Governor: Virginia Law Requires Strict Asset Forfeiture Reporting; First Step Toward Reform

RICHMOND, Va. (April 11, 2018) – Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has signed a bill into law implementing reporting requirements for all asset forfeitures in the state, including cases passed off to the federal government. The bill takes the first step that could lead to substantive reforms. 

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Virginia House Passes Bill to Reform Asset Forfeiture Laws, Federal Loophole Remains

RICHMOND, Va. (Feb. 16, 2018) – Last Friday, the Virginia House approved a measure that would reform the state’s asset forfeiture laws, making it more difficult for police to seize property. But a loophole would allow prosecutors to circumvent the more stringent state law by passing cases to the federal government.

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Virginia House Rejects Bill to Restrict ALPR Use, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

RICHMOND, Va. (April 11, 2017) – The Virginia House of Delegates rejected a bill that would have limited the use of automatic license plate readers (ALPRs), and restrict the retention and sharing of collected data. If passed into law, the bill would have not only protected privacy in Virginia, but would have also hindered some aspects of the federal surveillance state.

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