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Plan to change Oklahoma's seizure laws faces fierce fight

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ A state senator looking to change Oklahoma's laws that allow police to seize money or property believed to come from criminal activity is facing fierce opposition from law enforcement agencies that use the forfeited property to help fund their operations.
 
Oklahoma City Republican Senator Kyle Loveless introduced a bill last session that would have required a criminal conviction before a person's property can become subject to forfeiture. His bill also would have sent the proceeds to the state's General Revenue Fund instead of allowing it to be used by the agency that seizes it.
 
Loveless' bill didn't make it far last session, but he's scheduled to explore the issue further during an interim study in Tulsa early next month.
 
District attorneys and law enforcement are fighting the plan.
 

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