- Associated Press - Friday, August 28, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A state lawmaker says he’s withdrawing his request for an interim study on civil asset forfeiture laws in Oklahoma and instead plans a panel discussion on the issue.

Republican Sen. Kyle Loveless of Oklahoma City said Friday the study was scheduled to convene on Tuesday at the Tulsa Police Academy - a location that had drawn criticism from the public, committee members and the media. Instead, Loveless says he will host a panel discussion Tuesday at the State Capitol.

Loveless wants to study possible changes in Oklahoma laws that allow police to seize money or property believed to have come from criminal activity. It has attracted fierce opposition from district attorneys and other law enforcement agencies that use the forfeited property to help fund their operations.

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