HB1608 Revises the Criminal Activity Forfeiture Act.
Sponsor: Kreider, Jim (142) Effective Date:00/00/0000
CoSponsor: LR Number: 4022L.01I
Last Action: COMMITTEE: CRIMINAL LAW
02/09/2000 - Public Hearing Held (H)
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HB 1608 -- Criminal Forfeiture Proceeds

Sponsor:  Kreider

This bill makes a number of changes to the Criminal Activity
Forfeiture Act (CAFA).  The bill:

(1)  Defines "seizing agency" as the agency that is the primary
employer of the officer or agent seizing the property, and
"seizure" as the point at which any law enforcement officer or
agent discovers and exercises control over property believed to
be associated with criminal activity (Section 513.605);

(2)  Prohibits seized property from being disposed of pursuant
to unclaimed property provisions, unless a CAFA proceeding is
unsuccessful (Section 513.607);

(3)  Requires the prosecuting attorney or Attorney General to
submit an annual report detailing information about seizures to
the State Auditor.  Currently, this report must only be
submitted to the Department of Public Safety.  The bill further
requires the State Auditor to make an annual report compiling
this data to be presented annually to the General Assembly
(Section 513.607);

(4)  Makes intentional or knowing failure to comply with seizure
reporting requirements a class A misdemeanor, punishable with a
fine of up to $1,000 (Section 513.607);

(5)  Specifies that property seized may not be transferred to a
federal agency for forfeiture under federal law without court
approval, regardless of the identity of the seizing agency
(Section 513.647); and

(6)  Makes it a class A misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up
to $1,000, for law enforcement agencies using the federal
forfeiture system to intentionally or knowingly fail to comply
with statutory audit requirements (Section 513.653).


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