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Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy

TWENTY-NINTH MEETING

2021-2022 Regular Session - March 19, 2021

STATE OF MINNESOTA TWENTY-NINTH 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 March 19th, 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
GROSSELL, Matt
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

Members excused:
XIONG, Jay

A quorum was present.


Chair Mariani moved that HF 1369 be referred to the General Register.

Chair Mariani presented HF 1369, a bill for an act relating to corrections; establishing the Indeterminate Sentence Release Board; requiring a report; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 244.05, subdivision 5; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 244.

Testifying on HF 1369:
• Paul Schnell, Commissioner, Department of Corrections

Chair Mariani moved that HF 1369 be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

Chair Mariani requested a roll call on HF 1369:

AYES
Mariani
Frazier
Edelson
Feist
Hollins
Huot
Klevorn
Long
Pinto
Vang

NAYS
Johnson
Grossell
Lucero
Mueller
Novotny
O’Neill
Poston
Raleigh

EXCUSED
Xiong

There being 10 ayes, 8 nays, and 1 excused, THE MOTION PREVAILED.


Representative Johnson moved that HF 1448 be referred to the General Register.

Representative Johnson moved the H1448DE1 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Johnson presented HF 1448, a bill for an act relating to public safety; requiring the commissioner of corrections to perform regular assessments of security practices at state prisons; requiring a report; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, sections 241.016, subdivision 1; 241.021, by adding a subdivision.

Testifying on HF 1448:
• Paul Schnell, Commissioner, Department of Corrections

Chair Mariani moved that HF 1448 be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.


Representative Hollins moved that HF 1761 be referred to the Committee on Judiciary Finance and Civil Law.

Representative Hollins moved the H1761DE2 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Hollins presented HF 1761, a bill for an act relating to courts; prohibiting execution of criminal sentences for certain probation violations; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 609.14, subdivision 3.

Testifying on HF 1761:
• Catherine Johnson, Legislative Committee Chair, Minnesota Association of Community Corrections Act Counties
• Will Cooley, Decarcerate Minnesota Coalition

Representative Hollins renewed her motion that HF 1761, as amended, be referred to the Committee on Judiciary Finance and Civil Law

Chair Mariani requested a roll call on HF 1761:

AYES
Mariani
Frazier
Johnson
Edelson
Feist
Grossell
Hollins
Huot
Klevorn
Long
Lucero
Mueller
Novotny
Pinto
Poston
Raleigh
Vang

NAYS
O’Neill

EXCUSED
Xiong

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


Chair Mariani moved that HF 218 be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

Representative Wolgamott presented HF 218, a bill for an act relating to corrections; directing the commissioner of corrections to issue a grant to a qualified nongovernmental organization to assist inmates in finding meaningful employment after release from incarceration.

Testifying on HF 218:
• Dwight Tostenson, Co-founder and President, The Redemption Project
• Joshua Hedquist, Small Business Owner

Chair Mariani moved that HF 218 be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.


Representative Novotny moved that HF 128 be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

Representative Novotny presented HF 128, a bill for an act relating to data; providing that data held by law enforcement agencies regarding the person or entity that posted bail is public; requiring notice to the agency having custody of the arrested or detained person when bail or a bond is posted; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, sections 13.82, subdivision 2; 629.53; 629.67; 629.70.

Testifying on HF 128:
• Julia Decker, Policy Director, Minnesota American Civil Liberties Union
• Jared Mollenkof, Board Member, Minnesota Freedom Fund

Chair Mariani moved that HF 128 be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.


The meeting adjourned at 12:05 PM.


_____________________________________________
Representative Mariani, Chair

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Katelynn Ogunfolami, Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF1369 (Mariani) - Indeterminate Sentence Release Board established, and report required.
  • HF128 (Novotny) - Data held by law enforcement agencies regarding the person or entity that posted bail provided to be public, and notice to the agency having custody of the arrested or detained person required when bail or a bond is posted.
  • HF1761 (Hollins) - Probation revocation prohibited for certain violations unless the person is a risk to public safety.
  • HF1448 (Johnson) - Commissioner of correction required to perform state prison security practices regular assessments, and report required.
Documents:
House TV Video:
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03:47 HF1369 (Mariani) Indeterminate Sentence Release Board established, and report required.
24:21 HF1448 (Johnson) Commissioner of corrections required to perform state prison security practices regular assessments, and reports required.
36:42 HF1761 (Hollins) Execution of criminal sentences prohibited for certain probation violations.
1:10:21 HF218 (Wolgamott) Commissioner of corrections directed to issue grant to qualified NGO to assist inmates in finding meaningful employment after release from incarceration.
1:19:41 HF128 (Novotny) Data held by law enforcement agencies regarding the person or entity that posted bail provided to be public, and notice to the agency having custody of the arrested or detained person required when bail or a bond is posted.


Corrections Reform Day

I. HF 1369 (Mariani) Indeterminate Sentence Release Board established, and report required.
II. HF 1761 (Hollins) Execution of criminal sentences prohibited for certain probation violations.
III. HF 218 (Wolgamott) Commissioner of corrections directed to issue grant to qualified NGO to assist inmates in finding meaningful employment after release from incarceration.
IV.. HF 128 (Novotny) Data held by law enforcement agencies regarding the person or entity that posted bail provided to be public, and notice to the agency having custody of the arrested or detained person required when bail or a bond is posted.
V. 1448 (Johnson) Commissioner of correction required to perform state prison security practices regular assessments, and reports required.

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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