IRON MOUNTAIN DAILY NEWS Editorial | Reforming state forfeiture policies

"'Under current statute, it's remarkably easy for a citizen to lose their property during an abatement action, even when they themselves are not contributing to the creation of a public nuisance,' explained state Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland. 'If your car is parked on the same street where a block party has gotten unruly, that vehicle could be impounded whether or not you're even there yourself,' he said. 'This kind of thing actually happens, and it's not right. It needs to be fixed.'

The package of bills, HBs 4499, 4500 and 4503-4508, as a whole would raise the minimum standard by which property can be seized, retained, or made forfeit under other conditions, from a 'preponderance of the evidence' connecting the property to a crime to 'clear and convincing evidence.' This is an important difference in civil court."

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