NFIB State Director Rosemary Elebash released the following statement today in response to Gov. Kay Ivey signing Senate Bill 210, legislation that updates Alabama’s asset forfeiture law:
“NFIB wants to thank Governor Ivey for signing S.B. 210 into law. Sen. Arthur Orr‘s bill is a good first step toward fixing Alabama’s unfair and overreaching asset forfeiture law.
“Under current law, the state can seize and sell assets because the owner is accused — not convicted, but accused — of wrongdoing. S.B. 210 stops the state from seizing vehicles worth less than $5,000 and cash amounts of less than $250. It also strengthens the due-process requirement for law enforcement before it can take someone’s real or personal property.
“NFIB looks forward to working with our elected leaders on additional reforms that bring fairness and due process to Alabama’s asset forfeiture law.”