ME: Regime Ends Civil Asset Forfeiture, Opts Out of Federal Equitable Sharing Program

Source: Tenth Amendment Center

“On Tuesday (7/13), a Maine bill that reforms the state’s asset forfeiture laws to require a criminal conviction and opts the state out of a federal asset forfeiture program known as ‘equitable sharing’ became law without the governor’s signature. Rep. William Faulkingham (R-Winter Harbor) along with two fellow Republicans, four Democrats and a Libertarian, introduced House Bill 1521 (LD1521) on April 15. The new law repealed the state’s civil forfeiture process and implemented a criminal procedure that requires a conviction before prosecutors can proceed with asset forfeiture in most cases. … The law also effectively opts Maine out of a federal program that allows state and local police to get around more strict state asset forfeiture laws.” (07/15/21)