TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Apr 6, 2018
A bill providing protections for people to regain property seized by law enforcement is headed to Gov. Bill Haslam’s desk after passing the Senate yesterday, the Times Free Press reports. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga, said it was the rare piece of legislation that had backing by both the Beacon Center and the American Civil Liberties Union. The legislation requires authorities to provide notice within five days of a property seizure of a forfeiture-warrant hearing, and says a seizing agency found to be in the wrong must pay attorneys fees. It also provides a more defined process for individuals charged with a crime to recoup their property seized, provided that property was not involved in commission of a crime.