North Dakota legislators, law enforcement look for compromise in civil asset forfeiture reform (HB 1286)

Legislators and law enforcement are closer to a compromise on reforming North Dakota’s civil asset forfeiture laws.

The House Judiciary Committee wrapped up testimony Monday morning on House Bill 1286, introduced Wednesday by Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck.

Becker has sought reform for what he calls a “perverse incentive” for “policing for profit,” with no reporting requirements and standards of proof criticized as too low for seizure and forfeiture of items allegedly involved in crimes.

Committee members spent about an hour questioning Bismarck Police Sgt. Mike Bolme, who gave opposing testimony.