October 16, 2013, Introduced by Reps. McMillin, Robinson, Geiss, Santana, Irwin, Howrylak, Johnson, Callton and Foster and referred to the Committee on Criminal Justice.
A bill to amend 1961 PA 236, entitled
"Revised judicature act of 1961,"
(MCL 600.101 to 600.9947) by adding section 4710.
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:
Sec. 4710. (1) Beginning February 1, 2014, each seizing agency
shall report on a monthly basis all of the following information to
the department of state police for all property seized by that
entity under this chapter:
(a) The crime alleged to have been committed for which
forfeiture under this chapter is authorized.
(b) The date the property was seized.
(c) Whether the person charged with the crime was convicted of
that crime or was convicted of any other crime arising out of the
same criminal transaction.
(d) A description of the property that was seized.
(e) A description of any property that was forfeited.
(f) Whether the forfeiture was subject to a plea or any other
(g) Whether the property owner was represented by an attorney
in the forfeiture proceedings.
(h) The value of the property seized and the means by which
that value was obtained.
(i) The value of the property forfeited.
(j) Whether the property was subject to a security interest or
ownership by any other person.
(k) If a firearm was seized or forfeited, the make, model, and
serial number of that firearm.
(l) The final disposition, including use by the seizing agency,
of all property seized and all property forfeited under this
chapter. The information reported under this subdivision shall
include all administrative and other expenses deducted from the
forfeiture proceedings and the net amount received from the
(m) The date the property was disposed of.
(n) Whether any property that was seized or forfeited under
this chapter was subsequently ordered to be returned to an owner.
(o) Whether the forfeiture resulted from an adoptive seizure.
As used in this subdivision, "adoptive seizure" means that all of
the following apply:
(i) The seizure resulted from a violation of state law and
there is a federal basis for the forfeiture action.
(ii) All of the preseizure activity and related investigations
were performed by this state or the local seizing agency before a
request was made to the federal government for adoption.
(iii) The seizure did not result from a joint investigation or
task force case.
(p) Information regarding the expenditure of funds obtained in
all forfeiture actions, including the total amount of funds
expended in each of the following categories:
(i) Crime, gang, and substance abuse prevention programs.
(ii) Witness protection and victim reparation.
(iii) Informant fees and buy money.
(iv) Regular-time salaries, overtime pay, and employee benefits
of prosecuting attorneys and prosecuting personnel.
(v) Regular-time salaries, overtime pay, and employee benefits
of law enforcement agency personnel other than prosecuting
attorneys and prosecuting personnel.
(vi) Professional or outside services, including services
related to auditing, court reporting, expert witnesses, and other
(vii) Travel, meals, and entertainment.
(viii) Training and attending conferences.
(ix) All operating expenses, including purchasing supplies.
(x) Purchasing vehicles.
(xi) Purchasing canines, firearms, or equipment such as
(xii) All capital expenditures such as furniture, computers, or
(xiii) All other use not described in subparagraphs (i) to (xii).
(q) Any other information considered to be appropriate by the
department of state police.
(2) A law enforcement agency shall file separate reports for
forfeitures under state and federal law.
(3) A null report shall be filed by a law enforcement agency
that did not engage in seizures or forfeitures under state or
federal law during the reporting period.
(4) The department of state police may charge a fee to law
enforcement agencies that engage in seizures or forfeitures during
the reporting period to cover the actual costs to the department
for implementing the requirements of this section. A law
enforcement agency may use forfeiture proceeds to pay the cost of
compiling and reporting data under this section, including any fee
imposed by the department of state police.
(5) The department of state police may withhold the payment of
any law enforcement funds to a law enforcement agency that fails to
comply with the reporting requirements of this section until that
law enforcement agency complies with the reporting requirements of
(6) The department of state police shall analyze and compile
the information reported to the department under subsection (1).
The department shall file an annual report of its findings under
this subsection with the secretary of the senate and with the clerk
of the house of representatives and shall place a copy of the
report on its departmental website. The report shall be filed not
later than February 1 of each year. The report shall identify any
seizing agencies that have failed to properly report the
information required under subsections (1), (2), and (3) with the
department of state police and whether any funds were withheld due
to that failure. The report shall also include the department's
recommendations for improvements to the forfeiture process to
ensure the appropriate and effective use of forfeiture proceedings
under this chapter, including recommendations to improve the
administration and fairness of forfeiture proceedings.