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Omnibus bill would fund public safety with $1.8 billion

The omnibus public safety and criminal justice reform finance bill unveiled Tuesday proposes to spend $1.8 billion to fund the Department of Public Safety, the Department of Corrections and other public safety agencies and commissions through the 2022-23 biennium.

The omnibus bill, HF1078 as amended by a delete-all amendment, got a walkthrough before the House Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy Committee Tuesday by the nonpartisan House Research Department staff.

Rep. Carlos Mariani (DFL-St. Paul), the committee chair and bill sponsor, said public testimony on the bill will be taken Wednesday, with the committee scheduled to consider amendments and vote on final approval Thursday.

The bottom line represents a $71.1 million overall increase from the current biennium.

[MORE: See the spreadsheet]

The Department of Corrections would be funded with $1.3 billion, including:

  • $933 million to run the state’s 11 prisons;
  • $280 million for community services, such as conditional release programs; and
  • $61.6 million in operations funding.

The Department of Public Safety would receive $448.9 million, to be distributed among its various divisions including:

  • $157.2 million for the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension;
  • $135.8 million for emergency communication networks;
  • $108.6 million for Office of Justice Programs;
  • $28.8 million for the fire marshal and the Board for Firefighter Training;
  • $12.4 million for homeland security and emergency management; and
  • $5.2 million for gambling and alcohol enforcement.

The bill also funds other public safety agencies and programs in the state and would spend:

Other notable provisions would appropriate:

Policy provisions in the omnibus bill

While all omnibus bills specify detailed proposals on how and where to spend state money, they often contain a slew of policy proposals, too.

The omnibus public safety bill is no exception, because it was constructed with more than two-dozen policy bills.

Notable policy provisions include proposals would:

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What’s in the bill?

The following are selected bills that have been incorporated in part or in whole into the omnibus public safety and criminal justice reform finance bill:


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