On March 17, 2016, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and John Cornyn (R-TX) sent a letter to the Senate Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS), and Related Agencies Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) and Vice Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) urging them to include language in the Fiscal Year 2017 CJS bill that would reinstitute the Equitable Sharing Program.
Specifically, the language would ensure that no existing or new receipts from the Asset Forfeiture Fund be reprogrammed, diverted, or used as an offset for non-law enforcement purposes. In addition, the language would prohibit funds designated for payments to state and local law enforcement through the Equitable Sharing Program from suspension or deferment, either temporarily or permanently.
The IACP urges you to reach out to your senators to express your support for the asset forfeiture program and to convey its importance to state and local law enforcement. It is imperative that you request that your senators support the language submitted by Senators Tillis and Cornyn.
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