Lawmaker to attempt to change asset forfeiture law

Jan 9, 2019

This year, state lawmakers will try to rein in Michigan’s civil asset forfeiture law.

Under current law, Michigan police may seize cash, cars, or other property from people suspected of crimes, even if they’re never convicted of committing a crime.

State House Speaker Lee Chatfield [R-Levering] is backing legislation that would require a conviction to forfeit property worth up to $50,000.

“It will insure that law enforcement has the opportunity to continue to doing their jobs, while also protecting the constitutional rights of our state’s citizens.”

Attorney General Dana Nessel supports the legislation, though she would like to see some minor changes.