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HARRISBURG – April 26, 2017 – State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today commented on the passage of Senate Bill 8 by the Pennsylvania Senate.

The bill now awaits consideration by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. After it receives approval from both the House and the Senate, it must be approved by the Governor to be enacted into law.

Senator Leach’s statement:

“Civil forfeiture allows the government to take our property without compensating us or convicting us of any crime. We all recognize how wrong that is. While I appreciate Senator Folmer’s effort to reform this obscene system, I cannot support the bill because it doesn’t actually reform anything. Real reform of civil forfeiture requires that all targets of forfeiture have the right to an attorney, that profits be dispersed to a third party, and that citizens maintain possession of their property unless they are convicted of a crime. This new bill does none of that. Instead, it essentially allows civil forfeiture to continue unabated as long as the government does a bit of extra paperwork.”