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2019 Senate Bill 2: Require conviction for seized property forfeiture
Introduced by Sen. Peter Lucido (R) on January 15, 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. The bill also authorizes a process allowing individuals who have lower value property seized to just give it up, and revises procedural details for reimbursement claims by a person with an ownership interest in the seized property (for example the issuer of a vehicle loan).   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee on January 15, 2019
Reported in the Senate on January 29, 2019
With the recommendation that the bill pass.
Received in the House on February 13, 2019
Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on February 13, 2019
Reported in the House on February 26, 2019
Without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.