US HB1555 | 2017-2018 | 115th Congress


Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill
Status: Introduced on March 15 2017 - 25% progression
Action: 2017-03-31 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.
Pending: House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, And Investigations Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Introduced) [PDF]


FAIR Act Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration Act of 2017 This bill modifies general rules governing civil forfeiture proceedings to: (1) ensure that a person contesting a civil forfeiture has legal representation without regard to whether the property subject to forfeiture is being used by such person as a primary residence; (2) increase the federal government's burden of proof in civil forfeiture proceedings to clear and convincing evidence; (3) require the government, in addition to showing a substantial connection between the seized property and an offense, to establish by clear and convincing evidence that the owner of any interest in the seized property used the property with intent to facilitate the offense or knowingly consented or was willfully blind to the use of the property by another in connection with the offense; and (4) expand the proportionality criteria used by a court to determine whether a civil forfeiture was constitutionally excessive. To remove incentives for carrying out civil forfeitures, the bill requires proceeds from the disposition of seized property to be deposited into the General Fund of the Treasury, rather than to Department of Justice accounts for law enforcement activities. The bill adds a mens rea requirement (i.e., a knowing violation) to the prohibition against structuring financial transactions to evade reporting requirements. A court shall conduct a probable cause hearing to determine if there is a violation of the prohibition against structuring transactions to evade reporting requirements involving a monetary instrument and to return such instrument if probable cause is not established.

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FAIR Act Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration Act of 2017



2017-03-31HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.
2017-03-17HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on Health.
2017-03-15HouseReferred to House Financial Services
2017-03-15HouseReferred to House Ways and Means
2017-03-15HouseReferred to House Energy and Commerce
2017-03-15HouseReferred to House Judiciary
2017-03-15HouseReferred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, and Financial Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
2017-03-15HouseIntroduced in House

Same As/Similar To

SB642 (Same As) 2017-03-15 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.


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