Lucido’s civil asset forfeiture reform signed into law

LANSING, Mich. — Legislation sponsored by Sen. Peter J. Lucido reforming the process of civil asset forfeiture to ensure innocent Michigan residents don’t lose their personal property was signed into law by the governor on Thursday.

“This is a commonsense and long-overdue reform that will protect the constitutional rights of innocent property owners,” said Lucido, R-Shelby Township. “I appreciate the broad bipartisan support my bill received and thank the governor for signing it into law.”

Senate Bill 2, now Public Act 7 of 2019, requires that an individual be convicted of or plead guilty to a crime before law enforcement can take ownership of personal property through the civil asset forfeiture process. Seized personal property will be returned if a person is not convicted of a crime.

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Photo caption 1: Sen. Peter J. Lucido, second left, stands with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer after she signed Senate Bill 2 into law during a ceremony at the Capitol on Thursday, May 9. The new law requires that an individual be convicted of or plead guilty to a crime before law enforcement can take ownership of personal property through the civil asset forfeiture process. Also pictured are Waterford Chief of Police Scott Underwood and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist.

Photo caption 2: Sen. Peter J. Lucido speaks during a signing ceremony for Senate Bill 2 at the state Capitol on Thursday, May 9. The new law requires that an individual be convicted of or plead guilty to a crime before law enforcement can take ownership of personal property through the civil asset forfeiture process. Pictured are, from left, Rep. Jason Wentworth, Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist, Lucido, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Attorney General Dana Nessel, and Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield.