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HB 1238: Civil Forfeiture

Criminal Legal Reform
Bill Number: HB 1238
Year: 2009
ACLU Position: Active Oppose
Sponsors: Rep. Rice; Sen. Shaffer


Adds a building knowingly used for housing or place of employment for a victim of human trafficking to the list of buildings that may be forfeited. Repeals specific requirements for forfeiture actions, including but not limited to the following:

  • That a conviction must be obtained in the same jurisdiction as the jurisdiction in which the forfeiture action is brought;
  • That in specified circumstances a forfeiture action may proceed and judgment may be entered without a criminal conviction of the owner; and
  • That all forfeiture actions shall proceed in state district court if the property was seized by a local or state law enforcement agency as a result of an ongoing state criminal investigation.

Read the bill here.

Current Status:

03/23/2009 House Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely

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