DENVER — Friday, June 9, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today signed the remaining two bills of the 2017 Legislative Session, making one law and vetoing the other. He signed HB17-1313, “concerning civil forfeiture reform” and vetoed SB17-111, “concerning measures to address the medical marijuana inventory shortfalls.”
HB17-1313 provides new reporting requirements, and places limits on asset forfeiture proceeds that Colorado law enforcement agencies may receive from partnerships with the federal government for combating criminal activity.
In signing the bill, Hickenlooper attached a statement letter that identifies additional reforms that are necessary to address fairness and protection of citizens facing civil asset forfeiture.
“Government should never keep assets seized from innocent people,” Hickenlooper said in the letter. The letter goes on to state, “House Bill 17-1313 is an important first step to address problems inherent in the civil forfeiture laws.”