Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signs bill HB2810 requiring conviction before assets are seized

Prosecutors and law enforcement agencies will no longer be permitted to permanently seize people’s property for alleged criminal wrongdoing without actually convicting them of a crime after Gov. Doug Ducey signed a landmark bill reforming Arizona’s civil asset forfeiture laws.

By signing House Bill 2810 on Wednesday, Ducey helped property rights advocates achieve a long-term goal of overhauling Arizona’s civil asset forfeiture system. After years of unsuccessful attempts and smaller reforms, the bill passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in the 2021 legislative session.