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FIFTH MEETING - Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy Division

2019-2020 Regular Session

STATE OF MINNESOTA FIFTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETY-FIRST

PUBLIC SAFETY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM
FINANCE AND POLICY DIVISION

MINUTES

Representative Mariani, Chair of the Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy Division, called the meeting to order at 12:45 P.M. on January 29th, 2019, in room 120 of the State Capitol Building. A quorum was present.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:
MARIANI, Carlos, (Chair)
EDELSON, Heather (Vice-Chair)
JOHNSON, Brian (Minority Lead)
CHRISTENSEN, Shelly
CONSIDINE, Jack
DEHN, Raymond
GROSSELL, Matt
HOWARD, Michael
LESCH, John
LONG, Jamie
LUCERO, Eric
MILLER, Tim
MOLLER, Kelly
NASH, Jim
O’NEILL, Marion
PINTO, Dave
POSTON, John

Representative Considine moved that the minutes of the January 23nd and 24th, 2019 meeting be approved. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF15 (Stephenson) repeals the voluntary relationship defense in sex offense cases, removing the “marital rape” exception.

Testifiers:
Zack Stephenson, MN State Representative (36A).
Lyndsay Brice, Interim Staff Attorney of the MN Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
Jenny Heger

Representative Long moved that HF15 be returned to the Ways and Means Committee with a recommendation that it be re-referred to the Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Division. THE MOTION PREVAILS.

HF70 (Kunesh-Pudein) Task Force on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women created, annual report on violence against indigenous women and girls required, and money appropriate.

Testifiers:
Nicole Matthews, Executive Director of the MN Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition.
Dolly Boswell
Nicole Matthews
Mysti Babineau
Mary Lyons
Kate Weeks, Office of the Governor; Executive Director for Public Safety.
Geraldine Jackson


Representative Dehn moved that HF70 be returned to the Ways and Means Committee. THE MOTION PREVAILS.


The meeting adjourned at 2:20 P.M.





Representative Carlos Mariani, Chair




Jason Chavez,
Committee Legislative Assistant












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Agenda:

I. Call to Order II. Approval of minutes for January 23 & 24, 2019 III. Presentation of the Attorney General's Working Group on Sexual Assault Recommendations IV. HF 15 (Stephenson) Repeals the voluntary relationship defense in sex offense cases, removing the “marital rape” exception. V. HF 70/111 (Kunesh-Pudein) Task Force on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women created, annual report on violence against indigenous women and girls required, and money appropriate. V. Adjournment

Bills Added:
  • HF15 (Stephenson) - Voluntary relationship defense for criminal sexual conduct crimes eliminated.
  • HF111 (Kunesh-Podein) - Task Force on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women created, violence against indigenous women and girls annual report required, and money appropriated.
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Introductory comments and division discussion. 21:30 - HF15 (Stephenson) Voluntary relationship defense for criminal sexual conduct crimes eliminated. 48:13 - HF70 (Kunesh-Podein) Task Force on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women created, annual report on violence against indigenous women and girls required, and money appropriated. Runs 1 hour, 33 minutes.