A view of the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing. Designed by Elijah E. Myers and completed in 1878, the Classical Revival building is a National Historic Landmark.

Michigan will no longer require property owners to post a cash bond of up to $5,000 before they can challenge a civil forfeiture case in court, under a bill signed by Gov. Rick Snyder. HB 4629 is one of the latest overhauls of civil forfeiture, which allows law enforcement to permanently confiscate private property, even if the owner was never convicted or criminally charged.
Previously, to challenge a property seizure, the owner had to post a bond worth 10 percent of the property’s value, albeit no less than $250 and no more than $5,000. Failure to post bond within 20 days of the property’s seizure would result in an automatic forfeiture to the government.
“In my many years as an attorney, I have seen the process of civil asset forfeiture spiral out of control,” said Rep. Peter Lucido, who sponsored HB 4629. “Tell me how a working single mother is going to …