– State Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) today introduced legislation to allow and encourage drug forfeiture dollars to be used for school safety and security measures.
“District attorney’s offices across Pennsylvania are collectively in possession of millions of drug forfeiture dollars,” Benninghoff said. “Those dollars are a non-tax resource that are to be utilized to combat crime.”
The legislation, House Bill 2123
, would amend the Civil Asset Forfeiture Law to add “school safety and security efforts” to a list of allowable uses for the expenditure of forfeiture dollars. Benninghoff believes local communities should dedicate part of these resources to protect students and secure local schools.
“While we can all agree this proposal alone is not the only solution, I believe it can be a helpful asset in a larger, more comprehensive effort to better use government resources to ensure the safety of our children and the security of our schools,” Benninghoff said.
Representative Kerry Benninghoff
171st Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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