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New Law: E-charging expansion authorized

Published (7/15/2011)
By Mike Cook
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Currently, e-charging — the electronic transmission of data and documents — can be used by law enforcement, prosecutors and the courts during the process of charging an adult with a crime.

Sponsored by Rep. Joe McDonald (R-Delano) and Sen. Scott Newman (R-Hutchinson), a new law will expand the use of e-charging for apprehending, prosecuting or adjudicating juveniles or adults for a crime, delinquent act or petty misdemeanor. It will also include use by the Department of Public Safety in its administration of license revocations under the implied consent law.

Supporters said that e-charging eliminates paper, eliminates errors made by redundant data entry and reduces the use of officer time for transporting charging documents for signature and filing.

A cost study conducted by Carver County indicated the change could save about $500,000 over the next five years.

HF1270/ SF881*/CH91

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