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DNR data breach gives rise to protection issues

Nine days after a former Department of Natural Resources employee was sentenced for inappropriately accessing thousands of driver’s license files, a conference committee began its work to hammer out differences on a bill that addresses the data privacy breach.

While HF183 is a result of last year’s DNR situation, Rep. Mary Liz Holberg (R-Lakeville) said public employee access remains an issue. During Wednesday’s conference committee, she said that as recently as last week, there were news reports about a Metro Transit employee looking at 7,000 records. “It’s pretty clear to me that we don’t have some groups taking this seriously.” 

Holberg sponsors the bill along with Sen. D. Scott Dibble (DFL-Mpls). It passed the House last session and the Senate this month. After about an hour of deliberation, the conference committee adjourned, with no date set to reconvene.

The bill would add protections to help prevent information breaches and impose stiffer penalties.

“What is apparent, in many instances, is a complete lack of oversight, and this bill is trying to get a handle on some of those issues,” Holberg said at an earlier House committee hearing. (Read more)

 

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Event Schedule

House Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy Committee
Thursday, April 24 2014 8:45 AM
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HF3140 (Clark) Consumer protection provided, and disclosure of genetically engineered food and seed required.
HF2207 (Lenczewski) Lottery ticket online sale prohibited.
* HF3140 will be heard for informational purposes only.

House floor session
Thursday, April 24 2014 10:00 AM
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CALENDAR FOR THE DAY.
SF663 (Johnson, C.) State government resource recovery provisions modifications.
HF1425 (Falk) Municipal annexation by ordinance provided, and definitions changed or added for purposes of boundary adjustments.
HF2236 (Freiberg) Open meeting law changed.
HF2853 (Atkins) Licensees regulated, education requirements modified, technical changes made, enforcement provisions and other actions modified, homeowner policy surcharges prohibited, and insurance holding company systems regulated by enacting changes proposed by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.
SF2310 (Nelson) MN.IT services office unnecessary or obsolete language elimination.
HF2293 (Atkins) Payday lending regulated.
HF3073 (Atkins) Insurance fraud regulations modified to reduce incidences, no-fault auto benefits regulated, property and casualty coverages regulated, reimbursement for prescription drugs limited, batch billing regulated, economic benefits modified under chapter 65B, and task force established on motor vehicle insurance coverage verification.
HF2695 (Lillie) Department of Commerce licensee education requirements modified.
HF2785 (Dorholt) Central fund feasibility study creation required to pay for costs of providing accommodations to state employees with disabilities.
HF653 (Quam) Social media communications not considered meetings under open meeting law.

FRIDAY - House floor session *
Friday, April 25 2014 10:00 AM
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* The start time for Friday's House floor session has not yet been set.
CALENDAR FOR THE DAY.
SF1732 (Halverson) Help America Vote funds deadline for voting equipment purchase extension.
HF2166 (Laine) Electronic rosters in elections study provided, Secretary of State required to evaluate electronic rosters in 2014 election, and electronic roster use authorized statewide.
HF1961 (Halverson) Ethics in government; economic disclosure and conflicts of interest requirements expanded.
HF2531 (Laine) Campaign finance technical changes made, board authorized to request reconciliation information, fees authorized, definitions and fee amounts modified, and penalties imposed.
HF3033 (Winkler) Campaign finance contribution limits modified, and reports required to be made available online.
HF3115 (Melin) Saint Louis County; Board of Commissioners 2014 election term changed to two years.
HF2365 (Murphy, M.) Professional licensing boards required to expedite license processing for former and current members of the military, and report required.
HF2830 (Marquart) Becker County; county auditor-treasurer and recorder office combination process provided, and offices made appointive.

APRIL 30 - Joint convention of the House and Senate / State of the State Address
Wednesday, April 30 2014 6:45 PM
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Joint Convention of the House and Senate prior to Governor Mark Dayton's State of the State Address at 7:00 p.m.

News and Notes


Bill Introductions HF3354-HF3355

Dates to know

April 30 — State of the State address (7 p.m.)

May 19 — Constitutional date for adjournment

Aug. 12 — Primary Election

Nov. 4 — Election Day

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What now for all those leftover bills?

Thousands of bills were introduced in the House and Senate, but only a small percentage make it to law. So, what happens to the remaining bills? Most sit in limbo, waiting for possible action during the 2014 session. (Read More)

 

 

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