New Laws in Kansas and Virginia Require Strict Asset Forfeiture Reporting; An Important Step Forward

(July 2, 2018) – Yesterdat, laws went into effect in Kansas and Virginia implementing strict reporting requirements for all asset forfeitures, including cases passed off to the federal government. These new laws take a first step that could lead to more substantive reforms. 

The Kansas House Committee on Judiciary sponsored House Bill 2459 (HB2459). In Virginia, Sen. Mark Peake (R) and Sen. Adam Ebbin (D) sponsored Senate Bill 813 (SB813). Both of these new laws impose strict asset forfeiture reporting requirements on state and local law enforcement agencies.

The Kansas law requires law enforcement agencies to report the date, location, and value of asset seizures. They also must disclose whether or not criminal charges were filed. Additionally, police departments must keep a careful accounting of asset forfeiture proceeds, including information on how the money is spent. Kansas law enforcement agencies must now report any cases passed off to the federal government. The information will be available on a public website.

When the Institute for Justice tried to get asset forfeiture data from the Kansas State Police, it took five months and $500 to get the information. The lack of information hinders grassroots efforts to reform …

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