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2017 House Bill 4158: Require conviction for property forfeiture
Introduced by Rep. Peter Lucido (R) on February 2, 2017
To establish that property seized from a person because it may be associated with a suspected drug crime is not subject to forfeiture unless the individual is actually convicted. The bill would also prohibit officials from requiring a person to negotiate for return of their property.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on February 2, 2017
Reported in the House on May 1, 2018
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-5) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered by Rep. Tim Greimel (D) on May 8, 2018
To lower the threshold at which conviction would no longer be required for forfeiture from $50,000 to $10,000.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 8, 2018
Passed 83 to 26 in the House on May 8, 2018.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To establish that property seized from a person because it may be associated with a suspected drug crime is not subject to forfeiture unless an individual is actually convicted. However, the conviction requirement would only apply to forfeitures of less than $50,000 (meaning police and prosecutors could still take and keep those assets using a lower burden of proof).
Received in the Senate on May 10, 2018
Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 10, 2018

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