Resolution for Reform of Civil Forfeiture Reporting Laws in Georgia
WHEREAS, the US Constitution Bill of Rights prohibits unreasonable search and seizure in the 4th amendment; and,
WHEREAS, the Georgia Constitution states in Section 1, Paragraph 1. Life, liberty, and property. No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property except by due process of law; and,
WHEREAS, Georgia’s civil forfeiture laws allow the taking of private property on the mere suspicion that the property may be connected with a crime, then places the legal burden on the owner of the property in any actions to recover; and,
WHEREAS, the Georgia GOP supports therule of law, which protects private property rights of citizens; and,
WHEREAS, in 2010 Georgia law enforcement seized more personal property under civil forfeiture laws than any other states except Texas and California; and,
WHEREAS, in 2011, 147 of Georgia’s law enforcement agencies seized over $33 million worth of private property; and,
WHEREAS, this Party supports law enforcement officials in their duties, but recognizes that some abuse of authority exists when it is mostly unrestrained; and,
WHEREAS, civil forfeiture reportingrequirements under current Georgia law are vague and not enforced.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Georgia Republican Party that the Georgia Legislature should reform civil forfeiture reporting laws by clarification and some means of outside enforcement.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT, a copy of this resolution is delivered to the Honorable Governor of Georgia Nathan Deal, House Speaker David Ralston and Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle.