A bill designed to close a loophole in state criminal forfeiture law so that more money seized will go to schools and not to police forces is on its way to Governor Holden’s desk. Many criminal forfeiture proceedings in Missouri go through the federal system that lets local law enforcement share the wealth, while effectively by-passing state law that directs forfeitures to the school building fund. The House has voted 107-24 in favor of the bill and has sent it to the Governor. It would change the definition of seizure and, according to the sponsor, close the loophole to proceeds once again go to the schools.
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