GOV. HUTCHINSON SIGNS LANDMARK CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE REFORM BILL INTO LAW

Syrita Bowen Arkansas, News, Press

Legislation Strengthens and Protects Property Rights & Due Process with Conviction Requirement  (LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS) – Today, the Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system at the state and federal level, applauded Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson for signing the Senate Bill 308, the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2019, into law. Senate Bill 308 instates stronger due process protections for Arkansans by requiring a criminal conviction before property can be forfeited by the state. The legislation received overwhelming bipartisan support, passing unanimously in both chambers. The Civil Asset Forfeiture Act of 2019 was championed by  Senate Majority Leader Bart Hester (R-1) and Representative Austin McCollum (R-95), …

HISTORIC CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE BILL CLEARS BOTH CHAMBERS

Syrita Bowen Arkansas, News, Press

Senate Bill 308 Strengthens and Protects Property Rights, Due Process; Flies Through Arkansas House with Unanimous Vote  Legislation Heads to Governor Hutchinson for His Signature  (LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS) – Today, the Arkansas House of Representatives approved the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2019, landmark legislation that instates stronger due process protections for innocent property owners. The bill was approved with a unanimous 93-0 vote in the House after a unanimous 38-0 vote in the Senate. The bill was championed by Senate Majority Leader Bart Hester (R-1) and Representative Austin McCollum (R-95). Senate Bill 308 overhauls Arkansas’ forfeiture proceedings by requiring a criminal conviction before an individual can have his or her …

ARKANSAS LEADS ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM AS CRUCIAL CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE MEASURE FLIES THROUGH STATE SENATE WITH UNANIMOUS BIPARTISAN VOTE

Syrita Bowen Arkansas, News, Press

Senate Bill 308 Protects Property Rights, Strengthens Due Process (LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS) – Once again, Arkansas continues to lead on criminal justice reform, as the Arkansas Senate voted unanimously on a bipartisan basis to pass the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2019 (Senate Bill 308). The bill will overhaul the state’s civil asset forfeiture laws to ensure that innocent citizens are not forced to forfeit their property without due process of law. This legislation is championed by Senate Majority Leader Bart Hester (R-1) and Representative Austin McCollum (R-95).  Under Senate Bill 308, no property will be forfeited by the government unless there is a related criminal conviction, with certain exceptions.  “While forfeiture is an important tool for law enforcement to …