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“… Striking The Right Balance Inevitably Takes Time.

“Government should never keep assets seized from innocent people,” Hickenlooper said in a written statement. “ House Bill 1313 is an important first step to address problems inherent in the civil forfeiture laws.” The Democrat’s decision came within about an hour of his deadline to sign or veto  bills passed during the legislative session and amid down-to-the-wire speculation about whether he would reject the measure. In making the legislation law, he created a task force to further analyze and develop policies involving civil asset forfeiture, and directed legislators to seek ways to fund police departments and sheriffs offices that could lose money because of the new statute. “Complex reform does not happen overnight,” Hickenlooper wrote in a letter explaining his decision. “… Striking the right balance inevitably takes time. Today, we begin a process of reforming civil asset forfeiture.” CAF reform is a great example of progress that can be made when differing viewpoints come together in support of civil liberties. #coleg pic.twitter.com/VkefuYGYRw — ACLU of Colorado (@ACLUofColorado) June 9, 2017 Civil asset forfeiture involves the seizure of money and property from people suspected of being linked to crime, sometimes before someone is charged. The proceeds then go to the investigating agency. There colorado marijuana is a federal process and a Colorado one, the latter of which has tougher rules for how seizures can take place. The legislation mandates that police agencies report seizure information twice a year to the state for analysis.

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