H.B. 427 Enrolled





Chief Sponsor: Eric K. Hutchings

Senate Sponsor: Lyle W. Hillyard

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies the purposes of the State Asset Forfeiture Grant Program to include
             10      victim reparations.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    modifies the Forfeiture and Disposition of Property Act to provide that the funds in
             14      the State Asset Forfeiture Grant Program may be used for crime victim reparations.
             15      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             16          None
             17      Other Special Clauses:
             18          This bill provides an immediate effective date.
             19      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             20      AMENDS:
             21           24-4-117 , as enacted by Laws of Utah 2013, Chapter 394
             23      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             24          Section 1. Section 24-4-117 is amended to read:
             25           24-4-117. State Asset Forfeiture Grant Program.
             26          (1) There is created the State Asset Forfeiture Grant Program.
             27          (2) The program shall fund crime prevention, crime victim reparations, and law
             28      enforcement activities that have the purpose of:
             29          (a) deterring crime by depriving criminals of the profits and proceeds of their illegal

             30      activities;
             31          (b) weakening criminal enterprises by removing the instrumentalities of crime;
             32          (c) reducing crimes involving substance abuse by supporting the creation,
             33      administration, or operation of drug court programs throughout the state;
             34          (d) encouraging cooperation between local, state, and multijurisdictional law
             35      enforcement agencies;
             36          (e) allowing the costs and expenses of law enforcement to be defrayed by the forfeited
             37      proceeds of crime; [and]
             38          (f) increasing the equitability and accountability of the use of forfeited property used to
             39      assist law enforcement in reducing and preventing crime[.]; and
             40          (g) providing aid to victims of criminally injurious conduct, as defined in Section
             41      63M-7-502 , who may be eligible for assistance under Title 63M, Chapter 7, Part 5, Utah Office
             42      for Victims of Crime.
             43          (3) (a) When property is forfeited under this chapter and transferred to the account,
             44      upon appropriation the commission shall allocate and administer grants to state agencies, local
             45      law enforcement agencies, [or] multijurisdictional law enforcement agencies, or political
             46      subdivisions of the state in compliance with this section and to further the program purposes
             47      under Subsection (2).
             48          (b) The commission may retain up to 3% of the annual appropriation from the account
             49      to pay for administrative costs incurred by the commission, including salary and benefits,
             50      equipment, supplies, or travel costs that are directly related to the administration of the
             51      program.
             52          (4) Agencies or political subdivisions shall apply for an award from the program by
             53      completing and submitting forms specified by the commission.
             54          (5) In granting the awards, the commission shall ensure that the amount of each award
             55      takes into consideration the:
             56          (a) demonstrated needs of the agency;
             57          (b) demonstrated ability of the agency to appropriately use the award;

             58          (c) degree to which the agency's need is offset through the agency's participation in
             59      federal equitable sharing or through other federal and state grant programs; and
             60          (d) agency's cooperation with other state and local agencies and task forces.
             61          (6) Applying agencies or political subdivisions shall demonstrate compliance with all
             62      reporting and policy requirements applicable under this chapter and under Title 63M, Chapter
             63      7, Criminal Justice and Substance Abuse, in order to qualify as a potential award recipient.
             64          (7) (a) Recipient law enforcement agencies may only use award money after approval
             65      by the agency's legislative body.
             66          (b) The award money is nonlapsing.
             67          (8) A recipient state agency, local law enforcement agency, multijurisdictional law
             68      enforcement agency, or political subdivision shall use awards only for law enforcement
             69      purposes as described in this section or for victim reparations as described in Subsection (2)(g),
             70      and only as these purposes are specified by the agency or political subdivision in its application
             71      for the award.
             72          (9) Permissible law enforcement purposes for which award money may be used
             73      include:
             74          (a) controlled substance interdiction and enforcement activities;
             75          (b) drug court programs;
             76          (c) activities calculated to enhance future law enforcement investigations;
             77          (d) law enforcement training that includes:
             78          (i) implementation of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution and
             79      Utah Constitution, Article I, Section 7, and that addresses the protection of the individual's
             80      right of due process;
             81          (ii) protection of the rights of innocent property holders; and
             82          (iii) the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution regarding states'
             83      sovereignty and the states' reserved rights;
             84          (e) law enforcement or detention facilities;
             85          (f) law enforcement operations or equipment that are not routine costs or operational

             86      expenses;
             87          (g) drug, gang, or crime prevention education programs that are sponsored in whole or
             88      in part by the law enforcement agency or its legislative body;
             89          (h) matching funds for other state or federal law enforcement grants; and
             90          (i) the payment of legal costs, attorney fees, and postjudgment interest in forfeiture
             91      actions.
             92          (10) Law enforcement purposes for which award money may not be granted or used
             93      include:
             94          (a) payment of salaries, retirement benefits, or bonuses to any person;
             95          (b) payment of expenses not related to law enforcement;
             96          (c) uses not specified in the agency's award application;
             97          (d) uses not approved by the agency's legislative body;
             98          (e) payments, transfers, or pass-through funding to entities other than law enforcement
             99      agencies; or
             100          (f) uses, payments, or expenses that are not within the scope of the agency's functions.
             101          (11) (a) For each fiscal year, any state, local, or multijurisdictional agency or political
             102      subdivision that received an award shall prepare, and file with the commission, a report in a
             103      form specified by the commission.
             104          (b) The report shall include the following regarding each award:
             105          (i) the agency's name;
             106          (ii) the amount of the award;
             107          (iii) the date of the award;
             108          (iv) how the award has been used; and
             109          (v) a statement signed by both the agency's or political subdivision's executive officer
             110      or designee and by the agency's legal counsel, that:
             111          (A) the agency or political subdivision has complied with all inventory, policy, and
             112      reporting requirements of this chapter; and
             113          (B) all awards were used for crime reduction, crime victim reparations, or law

             114      enforcement purposes as specified in the application and only upon approval by the agency's or
             115      political subdivision's legislative body.
             116          (12) (a) The commission shall report in writing to the legislative Law Enforcement and
             117      Criminal Justice Interim Committee annually regarding the forfeited property transferred to the
             118      account, awards made by the program, uses of program awards, and any equitable share of
             119      property forfeited by the federal government as reported by agencies pursuant to Subsection
             120      24-4-114 (4).
             121          (b) The report shall be submitted annually on or before November 1.
             122          Section 2. Effective date.
             123          If approved by two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, this bill takes effect
             124      upon approval by the governor, or the day following the constitutional time limit of Utah
             125      Constitution, Article VII, Section 8, without the governor's signature, or in the case of a veto,
             126      the date of veto override.

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