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Public Safety Policy and Oversight

TENTH MEETING

2009-2010 Regular Session - February 12, 2009

STATE OF MINNESOTA TENTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-SIXTH SESSION


PUBLIC SAFETY POLICY & OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE


MINUTES



Debra Hilstrom, Chair of the Public Safety Policy & Oversight Committee, started the tenth meeting of the House Public Safety Policy & Oversight Committee at 1:00 pm on Thursday, February 12, 2009 in Room 10 of the State Office Building.


The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members Present:

HILSTROM, Debra, Chair
BIGHAM, Karla, Vice-Chair
ANDERSON, Bruce
CORNISH, Tony
DRAZKOWSKI, Steve
JOHNSON, Sheldon
KATH, Kory
KELLY, Tim
KOHLS, Paul
KULICK JACKSON, Gail
LESCH, John
MASIN, Sandra
MULLERY, Joe
OLIN, Dave
PAYMAR, Michael
ROSENTHAL, Paul
SHIMANSKI, Ron



Agenda:


HF582 (Lesch): Defendant waiver of jury trial requirement changed.

Rep. Lesch presented HF582 and took questions from the committee.

A quorum was present at 1:04 and the meeting was officially called to order.

Rep. Lesch moved that HF582 be laid over for possible inclusion in the Public Safety Policy & Oversight omnibus bill.

The following individuals testified in support of HF582:

Chuck McLean, Winona County Attorney
Paul Young, Anoka county Attorney

The following individuals testified in opposition to HF582:

William Ward, Board of Public Defense
Bob Sicoli, Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Rep. Lesch renewed his motion that HF582 be laid over for possible inclusion in the Public Safety Policy & Oversight omnibus bill.

Chair Hilstrom laid HF582 over for possible inclusion in the Public Safety Policy & Oversight omnibus bill.

HF134 (Garafolo): Careless driving resulting in death classified as a gross misdemeanor.

Rep. Bigham moved that HF134 be laid over for possible inclusion in the Public Safety Policy & Oversight omnibus bill.
Rep. Garafolo presented HF134 and took questions from the committee.

HF45 (Bigham): Penalty provided for careless driving resulting in death, and providing for revocation of violator’s driver’s license.

Rep. Bigham moved that HF45 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Finance Committee with a recommended re-referral to the Public Safety Finance Division.

Rep. Bigham presented HF45 and took questions from the committee.

The following individuals testified in support of HF45 and HF134:

Steve Hersey, Dakota County Attorney’s Office
Dwight Smith, St. Croix Valley Riders
Nancy Johnson, Minnesotans for Safe Driving
Marueen Johnson, Minnesotans for Safe Driving
Barbara Banks, resident of Stacy, Minnesota
Pauline Nixon, resident of Minneapolis, Minnesota

The following individuals testified in opposition to HF45 and HF134:

Doug Grawe, Dart Transit Company
John Hausladen, Minnesota Trucking Association

Rep. Bigham renewed her motion that HF45 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Finance Committee with a recommended re-referral to the Public Safety Finance Division.
THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE BILL WAS PASSED.

Rep. Bigham renewed her motion that HF134 be laid over for possible inclusion in the Public Safety Policy & Oversight omnibus bill.

Chair Hilstrom laid HF134 over for possible inclusion in the Public Safety Policy & Oversight omnibus bill.

Chair Hilstrom announced a reminder of the scheduled prison facilities tour for Friday, February 13, 2009.

Chair Hilstrom called for a motion to approve the minutes of February 10, 2009.

Rep. Lesch moved that the minutes of February 10, 2009 be adopted.
THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE MINUTES WERE ADOPTED.



The meeting was adjourned at 2:30 pm.




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Debra Hilstrom
CHAIR, Public Safety Policy & Oversight




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Erin Huppert
Public Safety Policy & Oversight Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..

HF582 (Lesch) Defendant waiver of jury trial requirement changed.
HF45 (Bigham) Penalty provided for careless driving resulting in death, and providing for revocation of violator's driver's license.
HF134 (Garofalo) Careless driving resulting in death classified as a gross misdemeanor.