Nevada Bill AB425 to limit asset forfeiture draws opposition

A scaled back effort at civil asset forfeiture reform in Nevada, a perennial but habitually unsuccessful legislative objective, again met opposition in committee Monday from law enforcement amid concerns over what the change could cost their agencies in lost funding and additional workloads.

Assembly Bill 425 proposes reforms to the forfeiture legal process aimed at helping innocent people whose assets might be targeted in a criminal case filed against someone else, and who might opt to forgo fighting a forfeiture in court if the amount at stake is too small to be worth the legal costs.