A bill that would sharply limit the use of geolocation tracking with ignition interlock devices has gained provisions related to other topics.
Scott said one provision added by the Senate would make case-planning data on individuals in the statewide supervision system accessible to corrections and probation officials.
Rep. Tony Cornish (R-Vernon Center) outlined other provisions added by the Senate, including one that would allow defendants facing loss of driving privileges to use impairment due to prescription drugs as a defense. Another provides that when “a blood or urine test is directed pursuant to a search warrant … the person must be informed that refusal to submit to a blood or urine test is a crime.” Also, the amendments would provide for requiring search warrants for blood or urine tests and restrictions on the manner in which they are conducted.
About 10,000 people take part in the state’s ignition interlock program, requiring them to blow into a device in order to start their vehicle. If alcohol is detected, the vehicle will not start. GPS tracking of people participating in the ignition interlock program was one of the first issues tackled in the 2017 session, with a Jan. 5 informational hearing in the House Civil Law and Data Practices Policy Committee.
The Minnesota Supreme Court has ordered the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton to use mediation to resolve a funding dispute. In an opinion issued Friday, the court also ruled that Dayton’s use of the line-item veto to strip biennial funding for the Legislature was constitutional.
A Ramsey County judge on Wednesday ruled that Gov. Mark Dayton’s line-item veto of legislative funding violated the state’s constitution.
House and Senate leadership OK a resolution to seek outside legal representation in an effort to restore funding for the Legislature that Gov. Mark Dayton line-item vetoed earlier this week.
Day three of the 2017 special session saw lawmakers pass final omnibus bills to be sent to Gov. Mark Dayton, with weary House members wrapping up their work at 2:42 a.m. Friday following a week of long days — and nights — at the State Capitol.
Lawmakers on conference committees must sort through competing bills before finalizing a product to send to the governor.
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It was a day of selfies, swearings-in and standing ovations as the House opened the 2017-18 biennial session Tuesday.