NFIB Reacts to Governor Brown Signing SB 443

Date: September 29, 2016

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NFIB Reacts to Governor Brown Signing SB 443
Asset forfeiture reform helps protect small business owners

SACRAMENTO, Calif., September 29, 2016 –
Following Governor Jerry Brown signing Senate Bill 443 (Mitchell) today, NFIB California State Executive Director Tom Scott issued the following statement on behalf of our 22,000 small business members:

“SB 443 (Mitchell) will require a conviction before California law enforcement agencies can share in the proceeds of a drug asset forfeiture in joint federal-state task force cases, with certain exceptions, and requires the California Department of Justice to provide pertinent data in their annual report on California drug asset forfeiture. Small business owners can suffer serious economic harm if their assets are seized due to a law enforcement action. It is especially critical that a conviction be obtained for unlawful behavior before any forfeiture can be made permanent, particularly as the Constitution guarantees due process of law before any taking of property can occur.

“We are very pleased that Governor Brown signed this bill since it will rein in abuses surrounding the practice of civil asset forfeiture, and reestablish the most basic tenets of Constitutional law and values, requiring that in most cases, a defendant be convicted of an underlying crime before cash or property can be permanently seized.”


For more than 70 years, the National Federation of Independent Business has been the Voice of Small Business, taking the message from Main Street to the halls of Congress and all 50 state legislatures. NFIB has 350,000 dues-paying members nationally, with over 22,000 in California. NFIB annually surveys its members on state and federal issues vital to their survival as America’s economic engine and biggest creator of jobs. To learn more visit

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