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Lawmakers OK civil forfeiture reform

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Police would have to charge people with a crime before they can seize their money, cars, homes or other property under a bill going to Gov. Rick Scott. State Sen. Jeff Brandes‘ bill (SB 1044) was passed Tuesday by the House 116-0. The St. Petersburg Republican’s proposal garnered support from both liberals and conservatives. The measure is designed to prevent abuses of the current law, which doesn’t require an arrest before property is seized, but rather law enforcement’s belief that it was likely used…

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