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Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy

FIFTY-FOURTH MEETING

2021-2022 Regular Session - Thursday, March 17, 2022

STATE OF MINNESOTA FIFTY-FOURTH 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 1:00 PM on March 17th, 2022, 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
XIONG, Jay

Members excused:


A quorum was present.

Representative Frazier moved that the minutes of March 15th, 2022, be approved. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Mariani introduced HF 3949, A bill for an act
relating to corrections; authorizing the removal of the ombudsperson only for just
cause; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 241.90.

Chair Mariani moved to refer HF 3949 to the General Register.

Testifying on HF 3949:
• Margaret Zadra, Interim Ombudsperson for Corrections.
• Jeff Diebel, Minnesota House Research.

Chair Mariani renewed his motion to refer HF 3949 to the General Register.
Chair Mariani requested a roll call vote on HF 3949.
AYES
Mariani
Frazier
Edelson
Feist
Hollins
Huot
Klevorn
Long
Pinto
Vang
Xiong

NAYS
Johnson
Grossell
Lucero
Mueller
Novotny
O’Neill
Poston
Raleigh


There being 11 ayes, and 8 nays, THE MOTION PREVAILED.


Representative Noor introduced HF 4215, A bill for an act
relating to corrections; appropriating money for instruction to incarcerated
individuals for employment after incarceration and work release.
Representative Frazier moved to refer HF 4215 to the committee on Workforce and Business Development Finance and Policy.

Testifying on HF 4215:
Paul Schnell, Commissioner, Department of Corrections.

Representative Frazier renewed his motion to refer HF 4215 to the committee on Workforce and Business Development Finance and Policy.
Chair Mariani requested a roll call vote on HF 4215.
AYES
Mariani
Frazier
Edelson
Feist
Hollins
Huot
Klevorn
Long
Mueller
Pinto
Raleigh
Vang
Xiong

NAYS
Johnson
Grossell
Lucero
Novotny
Poston

ABSENT
O’Neill

There being 13 ayes, 5 nays, and 1 absent, THE MOTION PREVAILED.


Representative Keeler introduced HF 4224, A bill for an act
relating to corrections; appropriating money for trauma assistance to Native
American women victims.
Chair Mariani moved to refer HF 4224 to the committee on Ways and Means.
Testifier on HF 4224:

• Paul Schnell, Commissioner, Department of Corrections.
• Nikki Engel, Violence Free Minnesota.
• Linda Thompson, Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition.
• Natasha Kingbird, Northwest Indian Community Development Center.
• Liz Richards, Department of Corrections.

Chair Mariani moved to layover HF 4224.

Representative Pinto introduced HF 4191, A bill for an act
relating to corrections; appropriating money for a family support unit and youth
communication and support services.

Representative Pinto moved to refer HF 4191 to the committee on Early Childhood Finance and Policy.

Testifying on HF 4191:
• Paul Schnell, Commissioner, Department of Corrections

Chair Mariani moved to layover HF 4191.

The meeting adjourned at 2:31.

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Representative Mariani, Chair


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Abdullahi Abdullahi, Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF3949 (Mariani) - Department of Corrections ombudsperson removal for just caused authorized.
  • HF4185 (Moller) - Data management system improvement funding provided, statewide public safety information-sharing infrastructure created, and money appropriated.
  • HF4191 (Pinto) - Family support unit and youth communication and support service funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF4224 (Keeler) - Native American women victims of trauma assistance funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF4215 (Noor) - Prison-to-employment pathways funding provided for instruction to incarcerated individuals for employment after incarceration and work release, and money appropriated.
House TV Video:
View Archive

Agency Week: Department of Corrections Policy Day.
03:19 - HF3949 (Mariani) Department of Corrections ombudsperson removal for just cause authorized.
29:20 - HF4215 (Noor) Prison-to-employment pathways funding provided for instruction to incarcerated individuals for employment after incarceration and work release, and money appropriated.
1:07:21 - HF4224 (Keeler) Native American women victims of trauma assistance funding provided, and money appropriated.
1:23:05 - HF4191 (Pinto) Family support unit and youth communication and support service funding provided, and money appropriated.
Runs 1 hour, 29 minutes.


Agency Week: DOC Policy Day

I. HF 3949 (Mariani) Department of Corrections ombudsperson removal for just cause authorized.
II. HF 4185 (Moller) Data management system improvement funding provided, statewide public safety information-sharing infrastructure created, and money appropriated.
III. HF 4191 (Pinto) Family support unit and youth communication and support service funding provided, and money appropriated.
IV. HF 4215 (Noor) Prison-to-employment pathways funding provided for instruction to incarcerated individuals for employment after incarceration and work release, and money appropriated.
V. HF 4224 (Keeler) Native American women victims of trauma assistance funding provided, and money appropriated.

*Bills may be added to the agenda

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