Working group appointed for bill (HB1286) on North Dakota civil asset forfeiture reform

Legislation to reform civil asset forfeiture in North Dakota drew a stream of strong and, at times, animated testimony on Wednesday in a lengthy hearing.

Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck, introduced House Bill 1286 to reform the state’s civil asset forfeiture. His bill would require convictions for suspects’ property to be forfeited as well as reporting from law enforcement on seizures and forfeitures. In addition, the proceeds from the sale of forfeitures would be deposited to the state’s common schools trust fund.