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Michigan Lawmakers Pass Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Package

Michigan lawmakers are considering a package of bills reforming the state’s rules on civil asset forfeiture, protecting citizens’ due process and property rights. The bills, approved by the Michigan House of Representatives, are being debated by the state Senate. If approved by the Senate and signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder (R), law enforcement agencies would add new reporting requirements and increase the burden of proof required to seize private property from citizens. Reforms, Packaged...

$2 Billion Hole Blown In Brand New 2015-17 Budget

Around 11:30 p.m. last night (30 minutes before a government shutdown) Governor Inslee signed the state's 2015-17 budget. Though the new budget is only a few hours old, there is already a $2 billion cloud hanging over it. Although the House kept up its end of the budget deal by suspending the unfunded class size reduction initiative (I-1351), around 6 a.m. this morning the Senate Democrats failed to live up to the deal by refusing to vote for the suspension unless the Senate passed a different...

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