Signed by the Governor: Wisconsin Law Takes on Asset Forfeiture, Federal Equitable Sharing Program

MADISON, Wisc. (April 4, 2018) – Yesterday, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill into law that reforms the state’s asset forfeiture laws to prohibit the state from taking property without a criminal conviction in most situations. The legislation also takes a small, but important step toward closing a federal loophole that allows police to circumvent strict state forfeiture laws by passing cases off to the feds. 

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To the Governor: Wisconsin Passes Bill Taking on Asset Forfeiture

MADISON, Wisc. (Feb. 22, 2018) – Yesterday, the Wisconsin Assembly gave final approval to a bill that would reform the state’s asset forfeiture laws to prohibit the state from taking property without a criminal conviction in most situations. The legislation also takes a small, but important step toward closing a federal loophole that allows police to circumvent strict state forfeiture laws by passing cases off to the feds. 

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New Wisconsin Hemp Law Relies on Federal Permission, Could Go Much Further

MADISON, Wisc. (Dec. 6, 2017) – Last Thursday, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill into law legalizing hemp cultivation for research purposes only in compliance with federal law. The new law could lay a foundation to eventually expand the hemp market in the state, and with further action, could set the stage for nullification of federal hemp prohibition in the future.

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