Rep. Walberg On Live With Renk Today
According the The Washington Free Beacon, Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) and Rep. Tim Walberg (R., Mich.) reintroduced the FAIR Act in the Senate and House.
The House Bill is H.R. 5212, and it would strengthen protections for property that's seized under asset forfeiture programs.
Under our current civil asset forfeiture laws, law enforcement agents can seize property — cars, cash, even houses — that's suspected of being connected to criminal activity without charging the property owner with a crime.
According The Washington Free Beacon, Sen. Paul stated the following, “The federal government has made it far too easy for government agencies to take and profit from the property of those who have not been convicted of a crime."
Paul went on to say, “The FAIR Act will ensure that government agencies no longer profit from taking the property of U.S. citizens without due process, while maintaining the ability of courts to order the surrender of proceeds of crime.”
Scott Bullock, a senior attorney at the Institute for Justice, said in a statement Tuesday, “The FAIR Act would provide essential protections for innocent property owners who have for decades lost their cash, cars, homes, and other property without being convicted of or even charged with a crime. This legislation would also go a long way toward stopping the perverse practice of policing for profit, where for the past 30 years federal law enforcement officials have been able to keep for their own use the property they seize and forfeit from Americans.”
According to a statement released by Congressmen Walberg's office, he said the following, “America was founded on the principles of due process and property rights,” he then went on to say “These principles must be defended, not undermined by a system that allows the government to seize an individual’s private property without filing criminal charges.”
I will be interviewing Congressmen Walberg on my show today from 9:45 to 9:56 a.m. Please tune in to receive in-depth analysis of this bill and let’s discuss this today on my show the Live with Renk show, which airs Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to noon, to let me know your thoughts at (269) 441-9595.
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