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Texas police made more than $50 million in 2017 from seizing people’s property. Not everyone was guilty of a crime.

Law enforcement leaders say civil asset forfeiture is a necessary tool for fighting crime, but several lawmakers see it as a violation of Americans’ civil liberties. Texas legislators are poised to take up the issue once again in 2019.

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“A great threat” to property rights

Sen. Konni Burton, R-Colleyville (center), along with colleagues Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin,  and Sen. Dawn Buckingham, R-La…

Fuel for America’s revolution

State Rep. Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler, on the House floor on Jan. 11, 2017.

The fight for abolition

State Rep. Harold Dutton, D-Houston, gives closing arguments on House Bill 122, which would raise the age of criminal respon…
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