Hawaii Gov. David Ige at his ceremonial desk in 2017.
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As proposed, asset forfeiture would only apply to felony cases where property owners have been convicted. The revised law would also not apply to animals prior to a disposition of criminal charges.
“This amounts to government-sponsored theft” the bill states. “The fair administration of justice means ensuring that not a single innocent individual’s personal property is permanently seized without just cause and conviction, or compensation.”
Should HB 748 become law, the state attorney general would be required to deposit the net proceeds of forfeited property into the state’s general fund.
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