Center for Property Rights

Takeaways from Tallahassee: W⁠i⁠nners and Loser of ⁠t⁠he 2016 Leg⁠i⁠sla⁠t⁠⁠i⁠ve Sess⁠i⁠on

By: The James Madison Institute / 2016

Florida Politics
Takeaways from Tallahassee: Winners and Loser of the 2016 Legislative Session
ByPeter Schorsch

Drug Policy AllianceandRon Book– Civil libertarians scored a big win in the Legislature this week when a bill to overhaul the state’s civil asset forfeiture regime passed unanimously in both chambers. The measure – sponsored by Sen.Jeff Brandes– requires law enforcement to issue formal charges in order to confiscate Floridians’ property as part of an investigation, a major reform to clean up policing practices which in some cases saw thousands of dollars forfeited by people over allegations they were ultimately cleared of.The measure was lobbied by adiverse coalition of both liberal and conservativegroups from the ACLU toGrover Norquist, led by Adams Street titanRon Bookand the Drug Policy Alliance’sBen Pollara, known as a champion of civil rights and liberties.