Senate committee discusses Franzen’s active military service member legislation

Senator Melisa Franzen (DFL-Edina) was joined by Staff Sergeant Kristofer Geiger this week in the Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss legislation to allow active duty service members to take the peace officer reciprocity examination. As a constituent of Sen. Franzen’s, Staff Sergeant Geiger brought the issue to the senator and she quickly drafted legislation.
Senator Franzen said that the bill, “is a common sense change that will not only help Staff Sergeant Geiger, but many other men and women in the military.”
Under current law, military members have to wait until they are honorably discharged from the military to take the Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Test if they wish to become law enforcement officers in a non-military agency. Senator Franzen’s legislation will allow military police to take the test while on active duty.
“We are always looking for ways to help our veterans transition back to civilian life,” said Sen. Franzen. “This is a small change, but I think it will be a big benefit to the men and women in the military that want to go into law enforcement. Making them wait is simply a roadblock to employment that doesn’t need to exist.”
The bill was supported by the POST Board (who testified for its passage) and was recommended to pass by the Judiciary Committee and was sent to the Senate floor where it will be discussed and voted on by the entire Senate. To contact Sen. Franzen’s office, call (651) 296-6238 or email sen.melisa.franzen@senate.mn.

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