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Bill would change seizure process for drug dealers' property

The Associated Press

CONCORD — A group of lawmakers and civil liberties advocates are pushing back against a state law that lets police seize people's property in drug-related cases even if they haven't been convicted.

A bill changing the law has passed the House and is now before a Senate committee. The bill says no property, including money, cars or guns, can be taken until a person is convicted.

The state brought in about $109,000 through the process, known as civil asset forfeiture, in 2015. The money goes back to local police departments and the attorney general's office, but this bill would send it all to the state's general fund. Supporters of the bill say the existing process gives police an incentive to take more property.

Gov. Maggie Hassan says she'll veto the legislation.

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