ST. PAUL, MN — Rep. Paul Novotny, R-Elk River, joinedHouse Republicans at a news conference Tuesday to unveil their 2022 public safety priorities. The package focused on three key areas; crime prevention and accountability for criminals; police recruitment and retention, and holding the criminal justice system accountable.
"It is clear that public safety is top of mind for Minnesotans as crime is on the rise in the Twin Cities and around the state," said Rep. Novotny. "As legislators, it is our responsibility to respond to the concerns of Minnesotans. That’s why we are committed to working with law enforcement and other local officials to keep our neighborhoods are safe. The package of proposals introduced today will hold criminals accountable, recruit and retain quality law enforcement officers, and make sure the criminal justice system is following the letter of the law when sentencing offenders.”
Rep. Novotny is the chief author of several bills included in the House Republican proposal including:
$3 million crime prevention grant to Ramsey County Sheriff to coordinate violent crime prevention in the metro, including use of air patrol – House File 3327
Creates a new criminal offense of “carjacking” with increasing penalties for the level of violence perpetrated during the commission of the crime– House File 3325
Electronic home monitoring is required if no bail is set for defendants accused of crimes against a person – House File 3406
Sentencing jury required for downward departures in murder cases and cases where the victim objects to a downward departure – House File 3407
Required stronger sentences for repeat offenders: requires judges to impose an aggravated durational departure, consecutive sentences for multiple current violent crimes if two or more priors and offender must serve entire sentence in prison; no early release – House File 3326