New Ohio Law Restricts Civil Asset Forfeiture

On January 4, 2017, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed House Bill 347 into law, which will require a criminal conviction before law enforcement can seize property for most civil asset forfeiture cases. Ohio will join eleven other states that have similar restrictions. Civil asset forfeiture is a legal tool utilized by police departments throughout the nation. If a property is somehow linked to criminal activity, it may be seized. In theory, civil asset forfeiture prevents many crimes from occ...
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Smoking Bans – Who Should Decide?

More and more groups are popping up around the country advocating for state and local governments to implement smoking bans in privately owned bars, restaurants, and other establishments saying that second-hand smoke is a danger to society and that bans imposed on smoking is necessary for the health and safety of workers and patrons. At first glance, many people, smokers and non-smokers alike, think this is a good thing. However, upon further research, it turns out that these bans are harmful...
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