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SB 458

AN ACT concerning seizure and forfeiture of property; relating to the Kansas standard asset seizure and forfeiture act; specifying that certain drug offenses do not give rise to forfeiture under the act; requiring courts to make a finding that forfeiture is not excessive; restricting actions prior to commencement of forfeiture proceedings; requiring probable cause affidavit filing and review to commence forfeiture proceedings; increasing the burden of proof required to forfeit property to clear and convincing evidence; providing persons involved in forfeiture proceedings the ability to request a jury trial; authorizing courts to order payment of attorney fees and costs for certain claimants; requiring the Kansas bureau of investigation to submit forfeiture fund financial reports to the legislature; amending K.S.A. 2023 Supp. 60-4104, 60-4106, 60-4107, 60-4109, 60-4111, 60-4112, 60-4113, 60-4114, 60-4116, 60-4117 and 60-4127 and repealing the existing sections.

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Senate - Emergency Final Action - Passed; - 02/22/2024

On roll call the vote was:

Yea - (36):

Alley, Baumgardner, Billinger, Blasi, Bowers, Claeys, Dietrich, Erickson, Fagg, Faust-Goudeau, Gossage, Haley, Holland, Kerschen, Kloos, Longbine, Masterson, McGinn, O'Shea, Olson, Peck, Petersen, Pettey, Pittman, Pyle, Reddi, Ryckman, Shallenburger, Steffen, Straub, Sykes, Thompson, Tyson, Ware, Warren, Wilborn,

Nay - (2):

Corson, Doll,

Present and Passing - (2):

Francisco, Holscher,

Absent and Not Voting - (0):

Not Voting - (0):