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Shoddy Reporting from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Georgia's Forfeiture Law

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a blog post up today with a headline which reads: "Forfeiture: Georgia was once one of the worst. Now? It’s not so bad." Sounds great. When did the Georgia General Assembly pass legislation to improve the forfeiture law in the state by requiring more protections for innocent property owners? Well, it hasn't.

01/19/2017
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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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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