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RELEASE: Green Bill Enhancing Public Safety for Tribal Governments Passes House

Monday, April 20, 2015

St. Paul, MN- A bill authored by State Rep. Steve Green (R-Fosston) was passed unanimously by the Minnesota House of Representatives on Monday, April 20, 2015. SF 1563 gives tribal law enforcement agencies the ability to pay to have criminal history background checks processed through the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA).

“Thank you to my colleagues in the House who voted in support of this legislation,” said Green. “This bill will give tribal law enforcement agencies the option to conduct background checks through the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in an effort to streamline and expedite the background check process.”

Fond du Lac Chairwoman Karen Diver said "I want to thank Representative Green and Senator Lourey for all their efforts to successfully pass this bill through the Minnesota Legislature. This will have a real and immediate impact on the public safety of Indian Country in Minnesota. I appreciate the work of the bill's authors and the decision of all the members of the Legislature to work with Minnesota's Tribal governments to enhance public safety."

SF 1563 was passed by the Minnesota Senate last month and will now go to Governor Dayton for his signature.

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