Indiana attorney general wants forfeiture law changed

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Indianapolis - Indiana's attorney general says state laws that regulate the handling of money seized mostly in drug cases need to be rewritten to avoid disputes over how the money is distributed.

Attorney General Greg Zoeller said that the law should set flat percentages for law enforcement agencies, county prosecutors and a state fund for public schools.

State law currently allows law enforcement agencies to keep a portion of seized funds to cover "law enforcement costs" and give the rest to the common school fund, which helps pay for school construction. But the amounts are up to prosecutors' discretion.

Zoeller is already defending 78 county prosecutors in a lawsuit that accuses them of not properly sharing seized money with public schools.

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