Florida legislature passes civil asset forfeiture reforms

Both the Florida House and Senate voted unanimously for legislation that would implement several reforms in Florida’s civil asset forfeiture statutes. According to the Institute for Justice, “If police suspect that you’ve committed a crime, they can arrest you and put you on trial. At that trial, prosecutors must prove you’re guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. But if police…

Florida bills encourage civil citations instead of criminal charges for some misdemeanors

Two bills meant to encourage local communities and educational institutions to implement civil citation programs for certain misdemeanor offenses (instead of criminal charges) are making their way through the legislature. This analysis (read here) discusses the intent, potential benefits, and financial impact of the legislation. CS/SB618 is sponsored by Senator Greg Evers, and a similar…

Florida ‘Campus Carry’ bill clears final House committee, ready for floor vote

A bill (HB 4001) that would allow concealed carry license holders to possess their firearms on public college campuses cleared, the Judiciary Committee, its final Florida House committee hearing, on Thursday, November 19, 2015. It was previously reported favorably by the Criminal Justice Committee and the Higher Education & Workforce Subcommittee. The legislation will be up for a…