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Proposed Bill Would Change State Forfeiture Law

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A bill is going through the Montana State Legislature that if passed would change the state's forfeiture laws.

House Bill 463 was introduced in the house by Representative Kelly McCarthy of Billings.

According to the bill sponsors right now the state only requires probable cause to forfeit property that may be related to a crime. They say it's the same standard required for a search warrant.

They would like to change the law on a number of points including requiring a criminal conviction before an agency can keep the seized property.

The bill also wants to have a pretrial hearing to determine if the seizure is valid in the first place. The bill passed through the House and is going through the Senate now.