LPCO Celebrates HB-1313 Civil Forfeiture Bill Becoming Law

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 11, 2017

LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF COLORADO CELEBRATES HB-1313 BECOMING LAW, APPLAUDS HICKENLOOPER FOR SIGNING

COLORADO—Libertarians across the state of Colorado rejoiced this past Friday when Governor John Hickenlooper signed House Bill 1313—the “Civil Forfeiture Reform bill”—into law.

“This bill is all about government transparency and holding public officials accountable,” comments Wayne Harlos, State Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Colorado. “Ultimately, this doesn’t outright abolish civil asset forfeiture, but it at least sheds some light on the practice.”

The Libertarian Party of Colorado followed this bill closely throughout the legislative session, and encouraged citizens to call Hickenlooper’s office to demand that he sign the bill. LPCO’s Legislative Director Michael Stapleton, who monitored and reported back on the bill’s progress to statewide Libertarians, participated in press conference with the bill’s main sponsors.

“It’s a step in the right direction,” Stapleton adds. “Hickenlooper chose to uphold due process, transparency, and the rights of the individual.”

With the momentum of this bill and an increasing national awareness on the issue, the Libertarian Party of Colorado remains committed to its goal of abolishing civil asset forfeiture and supports any steps in that ultimate direction. The practice is specifically referenced in the party’s platform as an abridgment of individual property rights.

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