Dear Governor Ducey,
In keeping with our core values of Individual Freedom, Personal Responsibility, and Protecting Civil Liberties, Flagstaff Liberty Alliance strongly supports the Civil Asset Forfeiture reforms in HB 2477. As you know, this bill was passed unanimously in both the Arizona House and Senate and is headed to your desk for your signature.
HB 2477 protects the basic right to due process for Arizonans by requiring clear and convincing evidence that seized property was linked to a crime. It also increases transparency by mandating more detailed reporting of how property and cash is seized and how law enforcement plans to spend it. Finally, HB 2477 closes a Federal loophole in the Equitable Sharing forfeiture program that has allowed law enforcement agencies to bypass state laws when seizing property to get around forfeiture limitations.
HB 2477 provides much needed forfeiture reform and has strong bi-partisan support. We urge you to sign this very important law. Thank you for your consideration.
The Flagstaff Liberty Alliance Board of Directors