Civil Asset Forfeiture To Be Overhauled Under Michigan Bills
The Republican sponsored bills would do a variety of things; House Bill 5702 (sponsored by Rep. Jim Runestad) would require law enforcement and prosecutors to notify the owner of seized property twice, and would also require prosecutors to review the seized property and obtain a court order before the property can be considered forfeit. If the seized property is not evidence in a criminal proceeding, and if the prosecutor doesn’t approve the seizure or get a court order, the property must then be returned to its owner, which isn’t currently required under law.
HB 5703 (sponsored by Rep. Gary Glenn) would require law enforcement officers to undergo training regarding civil forfeiture law, and also require a commission to set the standards for that training. HB 5704 (sponsored by Rep. Beau LaFave) would prevent local governments from setting their own laws and regulations regarding civil forfeiture.
The bills were referred to the House Judiciary Committee.