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Press Advisory For
February 11, 2021

Contact: Donald McFarland
Phone: 651-236-0494

Saint Paul, MN – State Auditor Julie Blaha will testify on Thursday, February 11 in support of asset forfeiture reform. HF 75 limits vehicle and property subject to forfeiture, and provides for recovery of property by innocent owners.

“When it comes to asset forfeitures, the big story is in the small numbers,” said Auditor Blaha.

“In 2019, the average size of a forfeiture under $1500 was $473. While having a minimal financial benefit to the public safety system, to a Minnesotan this could mean the difference between making rent and experiencing homelessness,” added Blaha. “Given that forfeitures do not seem to be disrupting crime, restricting small forfeitures will have big benefits with little costs.”

Auditor Blaha will be testifying during the following committee hearing this week:

House State Government Finance and Elections
Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 8:30 am
Hearing may be viewed via House webcast schedule page: https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/htv/schedule.asp

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The Office of the State Auditor is the constitutional office that oversees nearly $40 billion in local government finances for Minnesota taxpayers. The Office of the State Auditor helps to ensure financial integrity and accountability in local government financial activities. Julie Blaha is Minnesota’s 19th State Auditor. Follow us on Twitter @MNStateAuditor.