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Forfeiting Forfeiture

This legislative session, Indiana Senator Phil Boots introduced Senate Bill 8 addressing revisions to Indiana’s current forfeiture statute.  The proposed legislation establishes a new procedure for civil forfeiture, and treats seized property differently if it is abandoned or unclaimed.  The proposed statute addresses procedures to allow a property owner to attempt to regain custody of seized property pending a final ruling by a court.  The statute also repeals portions of the forfeiture statute that allows the state government to turn over property to the federal government.   

Senator Boots explained his reasoning behind proposing the bill and stated that he was not trying to prevent forfeiture.  However, he did note that “a lot of innocent people are being caught up in this forfeiture issue.” http://www.theindianalawyer.com/indianas-civil-forfeiture-laws-under-scrutiny/PARAMS/article/42992?utm_source=il-in-this-issue&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=2017-03-08 (last visited March 10, 2017).  The Indiana Lawyer noted that the bill, which was revised in committee, passed a vote in the full senate 40-10 on February 28, 2017. 

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