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Willard pre-files civil forfeiture law bill
November 19, 2012 09:08 AM | 1629 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In a news release Thursday, District 49 State Rep. Wendell Willard, R-Sandy Springs, the chair of the House Judiciary Committee, announced he pre-filled legislation to reform Georgia’s civil forfeiture laws.

It will modify the power of law enforcement to seize cash, home and other property on the suspicion the property was involved with criminal activity. Willard said the bill will protect due process, transparency and create better accountability.

In a recent Institute for Justice report, Georgia scored a D- for its civil forfeiture laws and practices, and only four other states received similar grades. A group formed by Willard has met over the past two years to draft a new Uniform Civil Forfeiture Procedure Act, which must be approved by the General Assembly. The Legislature's 2013 session begins in January.

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