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Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy

ELEVENTH MEETING

2021-2022 Regular Session - February 05, 2021

STATE OF MINNESOTA ELEVENTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETY-SECOND SESSION


PUBLIC SAFETY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM FINANCE AND POLICY COMMITTEE MINUTES

Representative Mariani, Chair of the Committee on Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy, called the virtual meeting to order at 10:30 AM on February 5th, 2021 pursuant to House Rule 10.01. The meeting was broadcast via Zoom and House Public Information Services.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:
MARIANI, Carlos (Chair)
FRAZIER, Cedrick (Vice Chair)
JOHNSON, Brian (Minority Lead)
EDELSON, Heather
FEIST, Sandra
HOLLINS, Athena
HUOT, John
KLEVORN, Ginny
LONG, Jamie
LUCERO, Eric
MUELLER, Patricia
NOVOTNY, Paul
O’NEILL, Marion
PINTO, Dave
POSTON, John
RALEIGH, Donald
VANG, Samantha
XIONG, Jay

Members excused:
GROSSELL, Matt

A quorum was present.

Chair Mariani moved that HF 729 be recommended to pass and referred to the General Register.

Chair Mariani presented HF 729, a bill for an act relating to public safety; providing for a new name for an advisory council; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, sections 626.8435; 626.8457, subdivision 3.

Chair Mariani renewed his motion that HF 729 be recommended to pass and referred to the General Register.

Chair Mariani requested a roll call on HF 729.

AYES
Mariani
Frazier
Edelson
Feist
Hollins
Huot
Klevorn
Long
Pinto
Vang
Xiong

NAYS
Johnson
Lucero
Mueller
Novotny
O’Neill
Poston
Raleigh

EXCUSED
Grossell

There being 11 ayes, 7 nays, and 1 excused, THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Mariani moved that HF 640 be referred to the Committee on Judiciary Finance and Civil Law.

Representative Gomez presented HF 640, A bill for an act relating to public safety; requiring local units of government to establish law enforcement citizen oversight councils; specifying powers and duties of the councils and the responsibilities of local authorities toward them; requiring law enforcement policies, guidelines, training, and reporting on matters relating to procedural justice and community interactions; appropriating money; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 626.89, subdivisions 2, 17; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 626.

Chair Mariani moved the H0640A2 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Testifying on HF 640:
• Michele Gross, Communities United Against Police Brutality
• Chief Eric Werner, Maple Grove Police Department
• Sheriff Bill Hutton, Minnesota Sheriff Association

Chair Mariani renewed his motion that HF 640, as amended, be referred to the Committee on Judiciary Finance and Civil Law.

Chair Mariani requested a roll call on HF 640.

AYES
Mariani
Frazier
Edelson
Feist
Hollins
Huot
Klevorn
Long
Pinto
Vang
Xiong

NAYS
Johnson
Lucero
Mueller
Novotny
O’Neill
Poston
Raleigh

EXCUSED
Grossell

There being 11 ayes, 7 nays, and 1 excused, THE MOTION PREVAILED.
Representative Pinto moved that HF 75 be referred to the Committee on State Government Finance and Elections.

Representative Pinto moved the H0075A3. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Moller presented HF 75, A bill for an act relating to forfeiture; limiting vehicles and other property subject to forfeiture; providing for recovery of property by innocent owners; modifying participation in the federal equitable sharing program; requiring reports; appropriating money; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, sections 169A.63, subdivisions 1, 7, 8, 10, 13, by adding subdivisions; 609.531, subdivision 1, by adding a subdivision; 609.5311, subdivisions 2, 3, 4; 609.5314, subdivisions 1, 2, by adding a subdivision; 609.5315, subdivisions 5, 5b, 6; repealing Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 609.5317.

Testifying on HF 75:
• Judge Bob Small, Executive Director MCAA
• Nora Standstad, Assistant St. Lois County Attorney, Minnesota County Attorneys Association
• Dan Koewler, Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL)
• Sheriff Bill Hutton, Minnesota Sheriff Association
• Julie Blaha, State Auditor
• Lee McGrath, Managing Attorney, Institute for Justice

Representative Pinto renewed his motion that HF 75, as amended, be referred to the Committee on State Government Finance and Elections.

AYES
Mariani
Frazier
Edelson
Feist
Hollins
Huot
Klevorn
Long
Lucero
Mueller
Novotny
O’Neill
Pinto
Poston
Raleigh
Vang
Xiong

NAYS
Johnson

EXCUSED
Grossell

There being 17 ayes, 1 nay, and 1 excused, THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Mariani moved that HF 237 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Quam presented HF 237, a bill for an act relating to public safety; requiring a policy for the use of confidential informants; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 626.


Testifying on HF 237:
• John and Denise Klaus
• Brian Peters, Executive Director, MPPOA

Chair Mariani renewed his motion that HF 237 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

The meeting adjourned at 12:30 PM.




___________________________________________________
Representative Mariani, Chair


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Urszula Gryska, Committee Legislative Assistant


More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF75 (Moller) - Vehicles and property subject to forfeiture limited, innocent owners provided property recovery, federal equitable sharing program participation modified, reports required, and money appropriated.
  • HF237 (Quam) - Confidential informant use policy required.
  • HF640 (Gomez) - Local unit of government permitted to establish civilian oversight council for oversight of law enforcement.
House TV Video:
View Archive

04:22 HF729 (Mariani) The Ensuring Police Excellence and Improving Community Relations Advisory Council provided a new name.
12:40 HF640 (Gomez) Local units of government required to establish law enforcement citizen oversight councils; powers and duties of the councils and the responsibilities of local authorities specified toward them; law enforcement policies, guidelines, training, and reporting required on matters relating to procedural justice and community interactions; and money appropriated.
1:04:48 HF75 (Moller) Vehicles and property subject to forfeiture limited, property recovery by innocent owners provided, federal equitable sharing program participation modified, reports required, and money appropriated.
1:35:55 HF237 (Quam) Confidential informant use policy required.

Runs 1 hour, 59 minutes


Investing in Law Enforcement Excellence and Accountability

I. III. HF 640 (Gomez) Local units of government required to establish law enforcement citizen oversight councils; powers and duties of the councils and the responsibilities of local authorities specified toward them; law enforcement policies, guidelines, training, and reporting required on matters relating to procedural justice and community interactions; and money appropriated.
II. HF 75 (Moller) Vehicles and property subject to forfeiture limited, property recovery by innocent owners provided, federal equitable sharing program participation modified, reports required, and money appropriated.
III. HF XXX (Mariani) Rename Advisory Council
IV. HF 237 (Quam) Confidential informant use policy required.

If you would like to sign up to testify, please email Jamael.Lundy@house.mn one hour before the committee start time. Public Testimony will be taken at the end of the hearing if time is available. If their is not time, members of the public will be asked to submit their testimony in writing.

This remote hearing may be viewed via the House webcast schedule page: https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/live/1 NOTE: HTV 1 and HTV 2 will provide live closed captioning. Video archives of meetings streamed on HTV 3, 4, and 5 will have closed captions added. Other reasonable accessibility accommodations may be made with advance notice.

If you have questions about the accessibility of remote hearings or require an accommodation, please contact Jenny Nash at: jenny.nash@house.mn or by leaving a message at 651-296-4122. Please do not contact her with questions about the substance of the meeting agenda.

Meeting documents will be posted on the Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy Committee website at https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/Committees/Home/92023