A new law appropriates $7.8 million in fiscal year 2021 to support law enforcement agencies required to respond to recent incidents of civil unrest.
The law, effective April 28, 2021, appropriates $6.3 million from the General Fund to the Department of Public Safety to pay for state trooper and DNR conservation officer expenses related to civil unrest response, including costs arising from restoring or maintaining civil order.
Another $1.5 million from the General Fund goes to the to the public safety commissioner for costs directly attributable to additional public safety assistance for civil unrest response. Rules describing how this money can be spent are outlined in the Interstate Emergency Management Assistance Compact.
The law is sponsored by Rep. Carlos Mariani (DFL-St. Paul).