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Small Businesses in Alaska Support Forfeiture Reform

A civil asset forfeiture reform bill currently working its way through the Alaska House of Representatives has gotten a boost from the state chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business. The organization, which promotes small businesses, see the threat posed by business owners through Alaska's terrible civil asset forfeiture laws.

03/23/2016
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Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Unanimously Passes Florida House, Heads to Governor's Desk

The momentum for civil asset forfeiture reform continued Tuesday. The Florida House of Representatives unanimously passed SB 1044 less than a week after it passed the state Senate without opposition. SB 1044 requires law enforcement to make an arrest before property believed to be connected to a crime is seized and requires the government to present proof beyond a reasonable doubt before property can be forfeited to the state.

03/08/2016
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Florida Senate Unanimously Passes Law Enforcement-Backed Forfeiture Reforms

The Florida Senate, on Friday, unanimously passed legislation that would overhaul the state's civil asset forfeiture laws. Among the most notable parts of the legislation, SB 1044, are requirements that an arrest for a criminal offense is made when property is seized and increases the evidentiary standard the government must meet to "beyond a reasonable doubt" before seized property can be subjected to forfeiture. The bill also contains several reforms to forfeiture procedures and requires training for law enforcement on Florida forfeiture law.

03/07/2016
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Wyoming Governor Signs Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform

After vetoing a stronger version of asset forfeiture legislation, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead signed a bill that would still make significant improvements to the state’s forfeiture laws. The legislation was passed unanimously by both houses of the state legislature.

03/01/2016
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FreedomWorks Foundation Testifies on Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform in Georgia

Following this morning’s hearing before the Georgia House Subcommittee on the Judiciary (Civil) on civil asset forfeiture reform, FreedomWorks Director of Communications Jason Pye commented:

02/26/2016
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Principles for Protecting Private Property in the Peach State

FreedomWorks Foundation delivered the following testimony Friday, February 26 before the Georgia House of Representatives Subcommittee on the Judiciary (Civil). The subcommittee heard testimony on legislation, HB 832, which would require a criminal conviction before property seized by the government can be subjected to civil asset forfeiture. State Rep. Scot Turner (R-Holly Springs) is the primary sponsor of the bill and invited FreedomWorks Foundation to testify.

02/25/2016
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Support Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform in Virginia

Civil asset forfeiture laws throughout the country are in need of substantial reform in order to protect citizens’ basic rights. Asset forfeiture practice consistently tramples over the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution by violating due process rights. Not only does this practice violate crucial provisions of the Bill of Rights, but it also violates Article 1, Section 11 of the Virginia Constitution which states, “That no person shall be deprived of his life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.”

02/25/2016
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Iowa Senator Wants to Protect Innocent People's Property from the Clutches of Forfeiture

Nearly a year after The Des Moines Register's groundbreaking investigative report on abuse of Iowa's civil asset forfeiture laws, legislation was introduced in the Iowa Senate to reform the state's forfeiture laws to protect innocent property owners from this pernicious form of government overreach. Unfortunately, it appears lawmakers want to further study the issue before they consider changes.

02/23/2016
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Legislation in Virginia Protects Property Owners from Government Overreach

In 2012, Mandrel Stuart was stopped by Fairfax County police and detained without charges because his SUV had tinted windows. Not only was he handcuffed, but he was stripped of $17,550 in cash. Mr. Stuart intended to use that cash for equipment and supplies for his barbecue restaurant in Staunton, Virginia. After hiring a lawyer, a jury determined in 2013 that he was entitled to his money. However, he lost his restaurant in the process due to the financial stress of the circumstances.

02/17/2016
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Former Police Officer Explains Why Georgia Should Reform Its Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws

The effort to reform Georgia's terrible civil asset forfeiture laws received an unexpected boost Monday when Michael McNeely, 1st Vice Chairman of the Georgia Republican Party and a former police officer, presented a compelling case for changes recently introduced by state Rep. Scot Turner (R-Holly Springs). Turner's legislation, HB 832, would make a slight tweak to Georgia forfeiture law that would require judges to stay forfeiture proceedings until prosecutors obtain a criminal conviction.

02/15/2016

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