Missouri Bill (HB444) Would Set Foundation to End Federal Asset Forfeiture Program in the State

A bill filed in the Missouri House would close a loophole allowing state and local police to circumvent stringent state asset forfeiture laws by passing cases off to the feds.

Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-St. Louis) filed House Bill 444 (HB444) on Jan. 4. The legislation would prohibit Missouri law enforcement agencies or prosecutors from entering into agreements to transfer seized property to a federal agency unless it includes more than $100,000 in cash.

A study found the average forfeiture to be less than $10,000, so passage of HB444 would slam closed a loophole that allows state and local police to get around more strict state asset forfeiture laws in a vast majority of situations.