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Georgia "forfeiture law" could see changes

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Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards says he believes the current law is sufficient Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards says he believes the current law is sufficient
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Lawmakers, District Attorneys and Sheriffs are evaluating Georgia's "forfeiture law" to see if any changes need to be made.

Georgia House Speaker David Ralston appointed 19 people to the group to study proposed legislation that could make it harder for law enforcement agencies to seize property and cash.

Ralston wants the law changed to increase accountability and transparency.

But Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards says he believes the current law is sufficient.

"I am satisfied with the process as it is. My thoughts are that we should do all we can to keep criminals from benefiting from the use of property, and in many instances it does help supplement budgets for law enforcement agencies, says Edwards. "And that's a burden that taxpayers don't have to pay."

Many Sheriffs in the state agreed with Edwards and opposed a House bill, which was withdrawn earlier this year. The group is expected to report back to the legislation in January.

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