Wesco’s call to study civil forfeiture laws heads to the governor

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Monday, March 20, 2017 4:30 pm

STATEHOUSE (March 20, 2017) — State Rep. Tim Wesco’s (R-Osceola) bill calling for lawmakers to study Indiana’s civil forfeiture laws is headed to the governor for his consideration.

Wesco said civil forfeiture is defined as the government’s power to confiscate property suspected of being involved in a crime. If the property or money in question is suspected of being used in a criminal manner, it can be seized.

“I believe civil forfeiture is an important tool used by law enforcement, and is effective when implemented properly,” Wesco said. “However, there has also been abuse and misuse. This is a complex issue that affects many organization across the state. This summer, policymakers can take time to really examine what other states are doing and see how Indiana’s civil forfeiture laws need to be modified.”

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.

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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.