Ralston forms group to study Ga. forfeiture law

Ralston forms group to study Ga. forfeiture law

ATLANTA (AP) - House Speaker David Ralston has appointed a group to study Georgia's forfeiture law and report back with recommendations.

The group of 19 lawmakers, district attorneys and sheriffs was announced Tuesday and will study proposed legislation that could make it harder for law enforcement agencies to seize property and cash.

The bill was withdrawn earlier this year after meeting resistance from elected sheriffs, who argue existing law is sufficient to protect the public.

Earlier, Ralston said he would like to see the law changed to increase accountability and transparency. He cited recent reports of questionable spending by two district attorneys.

Ralston appointed the bill's sponsor, state Rep. Wendell Willard, to chair the working group and asked members to report back on the legislation to the House Judiciary Committee by Jan. 13.

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