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2014 House Bill 5250: Mandate criminal asset forfeiture disclosures
Introduced by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on January 23, 2014
To require law enforcement agencies to file monthly reports on number of criminal asset forfeiture proceedings concluded, pending or “negotiated.” The bill would also require the reports to disclose for each property seizure the alleged violation; the date the property was seized; whether any person was charged or convicted; a description of the property; its value; whether there was a plea or other agreement; the property’s final disposition; whether the seizure was based on arrangements with federal, state or local agencies (“adoptive” seizure); details of the costs and expenses associated with the seizure and more. The State Police would be required to analyze these disclosures and make recommendations on making the process less unfair. See also House Bill 5212, which would require an actual conviction for property forfeitures in drug cases.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Criminal Justice Committee on January 23, 2014
Reported in the House on April 30, 2014
With the recommendation that the bill be referred to the Committee on Oversight.
Referred to the House Oversight Committee on April 30, 2014
Reported in the House on June 3, 2014
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.