Bipartisan Bill Will Increase Transparency in Law Enforcement

Denver—A bipartisan bill carried by Republican Senator Tim Neville (R-Jefferson County) and Democrat Daniel Kagan will be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. 

Senate Bill 17-136 increases transparency and accountability by requiring that local law enforcement report on property acquired through civil forfeiture, which allows police to seize money or property that believe is associated with an alleged crime.  

Current procedure allows law enforcement to use a portion of the proceeds gained through civil forfeiture for department purposes. 

Senate Bill 17-136 shines new light on this process by requiring detailed reporting on all forfeited property on a website available to the public. SB-136 also increases transparency and accountability by requiring agencies to report on how they are spending any asset forfeiture proceeds.  

If enacted, SB-136 would ensure Colorado's laws on civil forfeiture are the most transparent in the nation. 

"Colorado's men and women in blue take on a tremendous responsibility in their service to our state, and we should lend them every tool in our arsenal to ensure that they are able to continue to perform their duties and keep our communities safe," said Neville. "Whenever we can come together in a bipartisan fashion to strengthen constitutional rights for Coloradans and increase transparency and accountability in government, we are achieving exactly what Coloradans have tasked us with as public servants."

Senate Bill 136 will be heard in room 271 at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

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