Published May 25, 2016
LANSING, MICHIGAN – The Michigan Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will convene a public meeting during which they will hear testimony regarding the extent to which civil asset forfeiture practices in Michigan may have a discriminatory impact on the basis of race, color, national origin, and/or disability status.
The meeting will take place on Thursday, May 26th at the Michigan Department of Transportation, Office of Aeronautics Auditorium, 2700 Port Lansing Road, Lansing, Michigan, from 9:00am to 3:45pm EDT.
“Many states are looking at impact of civil forfeiture on its citizens and communities, and how the revenues are being used. With the recent changes in Michigan law, it’s important to assess how civil forfeiture is being used in Michigan,” said Committee Chair Donna Budnick, who is legislative attorney for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, based in Harbor Springs, Michigan.
The Committee will hear testimony from legal professionals, law enforcement, and government officials in the State. Members of the public will be invited to speak during the two open forum sessions, scheduled to take place at 11:40am and 3:00pm.