States Consider Cracking Down On Car Seizures

State legislatures around the country are considering laws to make it more difficult for police from taking cars away from motorists who have not been convicted of breaking any laws. In Hawaii, Michigan, North Dakota and Utah, lawmakers have advanced bills to reform civil asset forfeiture proceedings that are used to take property — primarily cars, but also cash and other property — on the mere accusation that the owner may have been involved in the drug trade. Sale of the cars and other property at auction generates millions for state and local budgets, but activists at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) question the constitutionality of such programs…