Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: February 23, 2016
Sen. Kyle Loveless
Kyle Loveless’ statement on the Personal Asset Protection
“It is unfortunate the Personal Asset Protection Act was
not given a fair hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Oklahomans
of all walks of life and political ideologies support civil asset
forfeiture reform. However, Chairman Sykes did not think their voice
should count in the political process. I am disappointed but not
discouraged. I am resolute and will work to make sure real reforms
are put in to place to protect the private property of Oklahomans.
“Our nation was founded to protect life, liberty and property
equally and no chairman’s gavel can change that. Oklahoma’s
current civil asset forfeiture laws are an affront to this principle.
I ran for the state Senate to reduce government overreach and to
stand up for everyday Oklahomans—I will continue this fight.
“Instead of hearing the Personal Asset Protection Act, the
judiciary committee Tuesday took a modest step toward reform. SB
1113, which allows a citizen to receive attorney’s fees if
they successfully contest a forfeiture, passed out of committee
unanimously with no questions and no debate.
“However, this bill doesn’t go nearly far enough in
correcting the major issues with Oklahoma’s civil asset forfeiture
laws. The bill will still allow for private property to be forfeited
without a criminal conviction, has no reporting or transparency
requirements and will continue to allow law enforcement agencies
to keep the proceeds from each forfeiture they perform.
“Oklahomans understand law enforcement has a tough job, but
also understand our liberties are at stake. I will continue to fight
for those liberties and look forward to working with the bill’s
author to create a system that protects Oklahomans’ rights
and private property.”
Loveless is a conservative Republican from South Oklahoma City.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Loveless: (405) 521-5618