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Public Safety and Civil Justice

3rd MEETING

2007-2008 Regular Session - January 18, 2007

STATE OF MINNESOTA 3rd MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-FIFTH SESSION

PUBLIC SAFETY AND CIVIL JUSTICE POLICY COMMITTEE
MINUTES


Representative Mullery, Chair of the Committee, called the meeting to order at 12:35 P.M. on Thursday, January 18, 2007, in Room 10 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members Present: Members Excused:
Mullery (Chair) Kohls
Kalin (Vice-Chair) Smith
Bigham
Cornish
DeLaForest
Emmer
Hilstrom
Holberg
Johnson, S.
Kranz
Lesch
Lillie
Olin
Paymar
Sailer
Simon
Westrom


A quorum was present.

Representative Olin moved that the minutes of January 16, 2007, be adopted.
THE MOTION PREVAILED

1. Presentations by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) regarding forensic sciences procedures, data bases, and case law regarding admissibility of their various scientific findings.
a) Frank Dolejsi, BCA Lab Director
- Introductions

b) Susan Gross, BCA Lab Supervisor
- DNA and the Caulfield Decision of 10-5-06

c) Jim Iverson, BCA Lab Supervisor for DNA
- Offender database

d) Brent Nelson, BCA Lab Scientist
- Toxicology findings; Underdahl v Commissioner of Public Safety

e) Glenn Langenberg, BCA Lab Scientist (fingerprint examiner)
- Fingerprints admissibility, standards, and techniques

2. Presentation by Patrick Sullivan, Hennepin County Public Defender
- Forensic science litigation

The meeting was adjourned at 2:10 P.M.


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REPRESENTATIVE MULLERY, CHAIR



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Vickie Benson, Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..

Criminal law - forensics overview