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Lawmaker aims to repair asset forfeiture law

Rep. Leslie Herod had no trouble getting her bill addressing civil asset forfeitures out of a House committee Monday.


The Denver Democrat got a bill through last year's session restricting how local law enforcement agencies could pursue civil forfeitures, and report on the ones they do, over the complaints of some local governmental officials.


Those officials, including some on the Mesa County Commission, complained that the new law unfairly cut into an important stream of revenue.


That's why Herod said she introduced HB1020 this year, which cleared the 13-member House Finance Committee unanimously.


The bill creates two new grant programs, one of which would be funded by state asset forfeitures.


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