Every once in a while a moonbeam of sense seems to hit the brain of Governor Moonbeam. Seriously, it’s like an eclipse or something.
All kidding aside this is a good thing for Californians.
But those requirements are lacking under federal law. Through a federal forfeiture program called “equitable sharing,” state and local law enforcement agencies may collaborate with a federal agency, like the DEA or ICE, and forfeit seized property under federal law, even if that would circumvent California’s more stringent protections for property owners. Moreover, if a property is forfeited federally, participating agencies may receive up to 80 percent of the proceeds—higher than what California law grants to law enforcement.
But starting next year, agencies will first need to obtain any criminal conviction before they could receive equitable-sharing payments from forfeited real estate, vehicles, boats and cash valued at under $40,000. In addition, SB 443 increases the threshold for forfeiting cash with a criminal conviction under state law to $40,000.