Wesco: Governor signs bill calling for a study of civil forfeiture policies

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Friday, March 31, 2017

STATEHOUSE (March 31, 2017) — State Rep. Tim Wesco’s (R-Osceola) bill calling for policymakers to study Indiana’s civil forfeiture practices has been signed into law. 

Wesco said civil forfeiture is defined as the government’s power to confiscate vehicles and property suspected of being involved in a crime, usually involving controlled substances offenses.

“There has been a significant increase in the use of civil forfeiture,” Wesco said. “However, there have been concerns over the constitutionality of current civil forfeiture laws across the country. Before changes can be made here, there should be an in-depth study on this complex topic that intersects private property rights and public safety.”

Wesco said throughout the summer and fall months, lawmakers serve on interim committees to study assigned topics. He said by assigning policymakers to examine civil forfeiture laws, recommendations could be made to be used to develop future legislation. The study committee will issue a final report to the legislative counsel containing the group’s findings and recommendations no later than November of this year.

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State Rep. Tim Wesco (R-Osceola) represents House District 21, which

includes portions of Elkhart and St. Joseph counties.

A high-resolution photo of Wesco can be downloaded by clicking here.