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Senate votes to make seizure of property more difficult for police

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PHOENIX — Without a single dissent, state senators approved changes Monday in Arizona laws designed to sharply curb the ability of prosecutors and police to seize property. The measure includes a new requirement that prosecutors must prove by “clear and convincing evidence” that the items they want to seize were involved in criminal activity. That’s not quite the standard used in ... Read More »

Those License-Plate Covers You Bought to Beat Photo Enforcement Now Illegal in Arizona

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For people using the covers, that may mean their vehicles will be more susceptible to photo-enforcement citations. On Tuesday, Governor Doug Ducey signed a new law that bans any license-plate cover that “obscures from any angle the numbers, characters, year validating tabs or name of the jurisdiction issuing the plate.” Previous law required that license plates be “clearly legible” and ... Read More »

Arizona bill would protect good Sams who break into cars to save kids, pets

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PHOENIX – A bill proposed to allow good Samaritans to intervene when children or animals are left in hot cars is waiting on a vote in the Arizona House of Representatives. Senate Bill 1001 was designed to protect good Sams who break into cars to save a child or pet if they have “a good faith belief” they are in ... Read More »

Arizona lawmakers want to tighten rules for law enforcement on asset seizures

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The Arizona Senate has moved forward a bill that would reform the state’s controversial policies on civil-asset forfeiture, increasing the reporting requirements for spending and requiring a higher standard of proof before police can seize property. HB 2477 was passed unanimously by the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday afternoon. It has passed the Arizona House of Representatives and will need a final vote ... Read More »

All rape kits must be tested in ‘timely manner’ under new AZ law

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – All rape kits must be tested “in a timely manner” thanks to a new law just signed by Gov. Doug Ducey. The new measure ensures that Arizona’s law enforcement agencies will have the money to test those kits. There is a massive backlog right now. Thousands of rape kits, evidence in countless cases, are sitting on ... Read More »

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