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Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy

TWENTY-SECOND MEETING

2021-2022 Regular Session - March 04, 2021

STATE OF MINNESOTA TWENTY-SECOND 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 1:01 PM on March 4TH, 2021 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
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:
GROSSELL, Matt

A quorum was present.


Representative Pinto moved that the minutes of March 2nd, 2021 be approved. THE MOTION PREVAILED.


Chair Mariani moved that HF 901 be referred to the General Register.
Chair Mariani moved the H0901A1 Amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Moller presented HF 901, a bill for an act relating to public safety; establishing prosecutor-initiated sentence adjustments; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 609.

Testifying on HF 901:
• John Choi, Ramsey County Attorney
• Hillary Blout, Executive Director, For the People

Chair Mariani renewed his motion that HF 901, as amended, be referred to the General Register.

Chair Mariani requested a roll call on HF 901:

AYES
Mariani
Frazier
Edelson
Feist
Hollins
Huot
Klevorn
Long
O’Neill
Pinto
Raleigh
Vang
Xiong

NAYS
Johnson
Lucero
Mueller
Novotny
Poston

EXCUSED
Grossell

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


Representative Pinto moved that HF 614 be referred to the General Register.
Representative Pinto presented HF 614, a bill for an act relating to public safety; setting the maximum term of incarceration for a gross misdemeanor at 364 days; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 609.03; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 609.

Testifying on HF 614:
• Julia Decker, Policy Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota
• Linus Chan, Professor, University of Minnesota Law School

Representative Pinto renewed his motion that HF 614 be referred to the General Register.

Chair Mariani requested a roll call on HF 614:

AYES
Mariani
Frazier
Johnson
Edelson
Feist
Hollins
Huot
Klevorn
Long
Mueller
Novotny
O’Neill
Pinto
Poston
Raleigh
Vang
Xiong

NAYS
Lucero

EXCUSED
Grossell

There being 17 ayes, 1 nay, and 1 excused, THE MOTION PREVAILED.


Chair Mariani held an informational hearing for HF 478.

Representative Feist presented HF 478, a bill for an act relating to crime; providing guidance to courts on sentencing veterans for criminal offenses related to a service-related disorder; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 609.

Testifying on HF 478:
• Ryan Else, Attorney, Law Office of Brockton D. Hunter
• Kelsey Jezierski, Program Coordinator, Domestic Abuse Project


Representative Huot moved that HF 809 be referred to the General Register.

Representative Huot presented HF 809, a bill for an act relating to public safety; making technical change to identity theft crime; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 609.527, subdivision 3.

Testifying on HF 809:
• Angeline Jereczek, Impacted Individual

Representative Huot renewed his motion that HF 809 be referred to the General Register.

Chair Mariani requested a roll call on HF 809:

AYES
Mariani
Frazier
Johnson
Edelson
Feist
Hollins
Huot
Klevorn
Long
Lucero
Mueller
Novotny
O’Neill
Pinto
Poston
Raleigh
Vang
Xiong

EXCUSED
Grossell

There being 18 ayes, 0 nays, and 1 excused, THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The meeting recessed at 2:32 PM.

The meeting reconvened at 5:00 PM.
Chair Mariani moved that HF 1082 be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

Representative Richardson presented HF 1082, a bill for an act relating to crime; authorizing the inclusion of a disability impact statement in a presentence investigation report; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 609.115, by adding a subdivision.

Testifying on HF 1082:
• Noah McCourt, Disability Rights Activist

Chair Mariani moved that HF 1082 be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.


Chair Mariani moved that HF 1020 be referred to the General Register.

Representative Gomez presented HF 1020, a bill for an act relating to medical cannabis; providing that a person under correctional supervision may participate in the medical cannabis program without facing sanctions; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 152.32, by adding a subdivision.

Testifying on HF 1020:
• Brandan Borgos, Attorney, Sensible Change Minnesota
• Paul Schnell, Commissioner, Department of Corrections

Chair Mariani renewed his motion that HF 1020 be referred to the General Register.

Chair Mariani requested a roll call on HF 1020:

AYES
Mariani
Frazier
Edelson
Feist
Hollins
Huot
Klevorn
Long
Lucero
Mueller
Novotny
O’Neill
Pinto
Raleigh
Vang
Xiong

NAYS
Johnson
Poston

EXCUSED
Grossell

There being 16 ayes, 2 nays, and 1 excused, THE MOTION PREVAILED.


Representative Hollins moved that HF 1121 be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

Representative Hollins presented HF 1121, a bill for an act relating to public safety; eliminating the statute of limitations for certain sex offenses; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 628.26.

Testifying on HF 1121:
• William Billy Dinkel, Impacted Individual
• Asma Mohammed, Impacted Individual

Representative Hollins renewed her motion that HF 1121 be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

Chair Mariani requested a roll call on HF 1121:

AYES
Mariani
Johnson
Frazier
Edelson
Feist
Hollins
Huot
Klevorn
Long
Mueller
Novotny
O’Neill
Pinto
Poston
Raleigh
Vang
Xiong

EXCUSED
Grossell
Lucero
There being 17 ayes, 0 nays, and 2 excused, THE MOTION PREVAILED.


Representative Pinto moved that HF 1162 be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

Representative Pinto presented HF 1162, a bill for an act relating to public safety; establishing a task force on sentencing for aiding and abetting felony murder; requiring a report.

Testifying on HF 1162:
• Toni Cater, Co-Founder, Felony Murder Law Reform Minnesota
• Louise Waakaa'igan, Impacted Individual
• Perry Moriearty, Associate Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School

Representative Pinto renewed his motion that HF 1162 be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

Chair Mariani requested a roll call on HF 1162:

AYES
Mariani
Frazier
Johnson
Edelson
Feist
Hollins
Huot
Klevorn
Long
Lucero
Mueller
Novotny
O’Neill
Poston
Pinto
Raleigh
Vang
Xiong

EXCUSED
Grossell

There being 18 ayes, 0 nays, and 1 excused, THE MOTION PREVAILED.


Representative Mueller moved that HF 1309 be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Representative Mueller presented HF 1309, a bill for an act relating to public safety; appropriating money for grants to fund organizations addressing racial disparity of youth using shelter services.

Testifying on HF 1309:
• Daniel Pfarr: President & CEO, 180 Degrees
• Richard Coffey: Programs Director, 180 Degrees

Chair Mariani moved that HF 1309 be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.


The meeting adjourned at 7:24 PM.


_____________________________________________
Representative Mariani, Chair

_____________________________________________
Katelynn Ogunfolami, Committee Legislative Assistant







More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF478 (Feist) - Criminal charges against veterans with service-related disorders discharge and dismissal required.
  • HF614 (Pinto) - Gross misdemeanor maximum incarceration term set at 364 days.
  • HF901 (Moller) - Prosecutor-initiated sentence adjustments established, and sentencing report required.
  • HF1082 (Richardson) - Disability impact statement inclusion in presentence investigation report authorized.
  • HF94 (Lislegard) - Non-in-person permit to carry renewal authorized.
  • HF1020 (Gomez) - Persons under correctional supervision participation in the medical cannabis program without facing sanctions provided.
  • HF1121 (Hollins) - Sex offense statute of limitations eliminated.
  • HF1162 (Pinto) - Aiding and abetting felony murder sentencing task force established, and report required.
  • HF1309 (Mueller) - Organizations addressing racial disparity of youth using shelter services grant funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF809 (Huot) - Identity theft crime technical change made.
House TV Video:
View Archive

04:35 HF901 (Moller) Prosecutor-initiated sentence adjustment established.
31:28 HF614 (Pinto) Gross misdemeanor maximum incarceration term set at 364 days.
45:00 HF478 (Feist) Courts provided guidance on sentencing veterans for criminal offenses related to a service-related disorder.
1:16:20 HF809 (Huot) Identity theft crime technical change made.
The committee will recessed.


Sentencing Reform Day:
I. HF 901 (Moller) Prosecutor-initiated sentence adjustment established.
II. HF 614 (Pinto) Gross misdemeanor maximum incarceration term set at 364 days.
III. HF 478 (Feist) Courts provided guidance on sentencing veterans for criminal offenses related to a service-related disorder.

Evening Hearing: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
IV. HF 1082 (Richardson) Disability impact statement inclusion in presentence investigation report authorized.
V. HF 94 (Lislegard) Non-in-person permit to carry renewal authorized.
VI. HF 1020 (Gomez) Persons under correctional supervision participation in the medical cannabis program without facing sanctions provided.
VII. HF 1121 (Gomez) Sex offense statute of limitations eliminated.
VIII. HF 1162 (Pinto) Aiding and abetting felony murder sentencing task force established, and report required.
IX. HF 809 (Huot) Identity theft crime technical change made.
X. HF 1309 (Mueller) Organizations addressing racial disparity of youth using shelter services grant funding provided, and money appropriated.

Bills may still be be added and removed from this agenda.

If you would like to sign up to testify, please email Jamael.Lundy@house.mn one hour before the committee start time. Public Testimony may be taken at the end of the hearing if time is available. If there is not time, members of the public will be asked to submit their testimony in writing.

This remote hearing may be viewed via the House webcast schedule page: https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/live/1 NOTE: HTV 1 and HTV 2 will provide live closed captioning. Video archives of meetings streamed on HTV 3, 4, and 5 will have closed captions added. Other reasonable accessibility accommodations may be made with advance notice.

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Meeting documents will be posted on the Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy Committee website at https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/Committees/Home/92023