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Agencies urge Gov. David Ige to veto civil asset forfeiture reform bill

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    Gov. David Ige has until Tuesday to veto the House Bill 748 before it automatically becomes law without his signature. The bill would require seized property be returned to its owner if ultimately there is no corresponding criminal conviction related to the property seizure. It also would restrict property seizures to felony crimes and divert seized cash and proceeds from property auctions to the state’s general fund.

Law enforcement officials said they’ve implemented key recommendations of a 2018 state audit of Hawaii’s civil asset forfeiture program as they urge Gov. David Ige to move forward in vetoing a bill aimed at reforming the program, which allows police to confiscate property believed to have been used in the commission of certain crimes such as drug offenses and gambling. Read more

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