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2019 House Bill 4001: Require conviction for property forfeiture

Public Act 8 of 2019

Introduced by Rep. Jason Wentworth (R) on January 9, 2019
To establish that property seized from a person because it may be associated with a suspected drug-related crime is not subject to “civil asset forfeiture” unless the individual is actually convicted or accepts a plea bargain. This would not apply to police seizures of property worth $50,000 or more. Forfeiture is a legal process by which a government agency (usually police or prosecutors) acquires permanent ownership of property seized by police. House Bill 4002 prescribes specific procedures, notice requirements, deadlines and more.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on January 9, 2019
Reported in the House on February 26, 2019
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered by Rep. Pauline Wendzel (R) on February 27, 2019
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on February 27, 2019
Received in the Senate on March 5, 2019
Referred to the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee on March 5, 2019
Reported in the Senate on April 23, 2019
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on April 25, 2019.
    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-related crime is not subject to “civil asset forfeiture” unless the individual is actually convicted or accepts a plea bargain. This would not apply to police seizures of property worth $50,000 or more. Forfeiture is a legal process by which a government agency (usually police or prosecutors) acquires permanent ownership of property seized by police.
Received in the House on April 25, 2019
Passed 107 to 3 in the House on April 25, 2019.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
Signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on May 9, 2019

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