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ST. PAUL – The Minnesota House has approved a conference committee report that will fund judiciary and public safety priorities over the next two years on a bipartisan 98-36 vote.
"I believe we have crafted a plan that the House, Senate, and Governor’s Office will all find agreeable,” said State Representative Tony Cornish (R-Vernon Center), chairman of the Minnesota House Public Safety and Security Policy and Finance Committee. “It’s a good compromise that recognizes the efforts of those who ensure the safety of Minnesotans.”
Cornish said the plan funds public safety at nearly $2.333 billion over the next budget cycle, which includes the budgets of the Department of Corrections, six of the 11 divisions of the Department of Public Safety, Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, District Courts, Tax Court, Board of Judicial Standards, Guardian Ad Litem Board, Public Defense Board, Sentencing Guidelines Commission, Peace Officer Standards and Training Board, and Uniform Law Commission.
Cornish said the bill allocates new money to local law enforcement agencies to help them pay for officers’ training costs, to help officers in dealing with suicidal and mentally disturbed people, and creates crisis intervention team training. The plan also improves our judicial system, and allows the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to replace an outdated predatory offender registry.
The legislation also provides new revenue to address terrorism recruitment and dedicates funds for additional sex trafficking prevention grants.
The Senate is expected to take up the bill Monday evening, after which it will head to the Governor.
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