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Ga. lawmaker revises civil forfeiture bill

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By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - A state lawmaker behind an effort to overhaul Georgia's civil forfeiture laws has made changes to his bill, which stalled last year amid objections from law enforcement.

Rep. Wendell Willard, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said Wednesday that he's hopeful the bill will proceed and plans to bring it up in committee soon. Under the revised bill, the state's burden of proof remains the same, along with the $25,000 threshold under which authorities can seize assets without judicial approval.

Willard, a Sandy Springs Republican, initially sought to raise the burden of proof and lower the threshold to $5,000. The bill aims to establish procedures for the handling of seized assets and increase reporting.

Terry Norris with the Georgia Sheriffs' Association says his group is still reviewing the revised bill.

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