State Rep. Tom McMillin today announced that he has introduced bi-partisan legislation that will create greater transparency in the forfeiture and seizure process by state and local law enforcement.
House Bill 5081 will give taxpayers the ability to see the full picture of what assets are seized, whether the person was ever convicted of a crime, the value of the assets, and other details pertaining to the process.
“This bill is about transparency and government accountability,” said McMillin, R-Rochester. “Whenever government seizes citizens’ property, the taxpayers deserve to know important information like how much was seized, whether a conviction was ever reached and to whom the property belonged.”
HB5081 has four Republican and four Democrat co-sponsors and was referred to the House Criminal Justice Committee.