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Public Safety Policy and Finance

FORTY-FOURTH MEETING

2005-2006 Regular Session - March 14, 2006

STATE OF MINNESOTA FORTY-FOURTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-FOURTH SESSION

PUBLIC SAFETY POLICY AND FINANCE COMMITTEE

MINUTES


Representative Steve Smith, Chair of the Public Safety Policy and Finance Committee, called the forty-fourth meeting to order at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, March 14, 2006 in the Basement Hearing Room of the State Office Building.

The Clerk noted the roll.

Members present:

SMITH, Steve, Chair
EASTLUND, Rob, Vice Chair
CORNISH, Tony
ELLISON, Keith
HILSTROM, Debra
JOHNSON, Jeff

MESLOW, Doug
MURPHY, Mary
NELSON, Michael
NEWMAN, Scott
PAYMAR, Michael
SODERSTROM, Judy

Rep. Smith moved HF3298 (B. Anderson) relating to drug paraphernalia crime modified, possession of certain items associated with controlled substances prohibited, and criminal penalties imposed.

Rep. Anderson presented HF3298.

Testifying on HF3298:

Mike Weinzeth, Chief, Buffalo Police Department
Tom Kelly. Wright County Attorney
Todd Hoffman, Lt. Wright County Sheriff’s Department
Gary Miller, Wright County Sheriff

Rep. Smith laid HF3298 over for possible inclusion in the Public Safety Omnibus Bill.

Rep. Eastlund assumed the Chair.

Rep. Smith moved HF432 (Smith) relating to chaplains employed by the state added to classified civil service.

Rep. Smith presented HF432.

Testifying on HF432:

Brian Bergson – Minnesota Association of Professional Employees

Rep. Eastlund laid HF432 over for possible inclusion in the Public Safety Omnibus Bill.

Rep. Smith assumed the Chair.

Rep. Meslow moved HF3091 relating to domestic abuse no contact order violations added to list of qualified domestic violence-related offenses.

Rep. Meslow presented HF3091.

Testifying on HF3091:

Lonna Stevens –Coalition of Battered Women

Rep.Smith laid HF3091 over for possible inclusion in the Public Safety Omnibus Bill.

Rep. Meslow moved HF3345 relating to drug offender deferred prosecution required, driver's license suspension and reinstatement procedures, nonviolent offender conditional release provisions, and various related crime provisions modified.

Rep. Meslow presented HF3345.

Testifying on HF3345:

Brock Hunter, MN Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Tom Johnson, President, MN Council on Crime and Justice
Mark Anfinson, MN Newspaper Association
Phil Carruthers, Ramsey County Attorney’s Office
Pete Cahill, Hennepin County Attorney’s Office
Steve Borchardt, Olmstead County Sheriff

Rep.Smith laid HF3345 over for possible inclusion in the Public Safety Omnibus Bill.

Meeting was adjourned at 11:47 a.m.


REP. STEVE SMITH, CHAIR


David Anderson
Committee Legislative Assistant