Michigan House’s civil asset forfeiture bills HB4001 and HB4002 move forward

The practice of taking valuables from people suspected of crimes, civil asset forfeiture, could be fundamentally changed by legislation advancing in the Michigan House.

The two bills, both of which passed another preliminary step Wednesday, would raise the limit for property that could be seized when someone is arrested to $50,000. Property valued for less than that could not be seized without a conviction.