Judiciary bills that did not pass

Drone use by law enforcement guidelines The legislation defines very specific guidelines on how law enforcement agencies are allowed to utilize unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Privacy advocates say drone use is akin to mass surveillance, while law enforcement says they are a necessary tool for some investigations. The legislation says search warrants must be obtained […] Read more

Increase in penalties for engaging minors in prostitution

This legislation increases penalties for those attempting to hire a minor for prostitution. The bill increases the penalties for those convicted of soliciting someone they reasonably believe to be a minor for prostitution and matches them to the penalties for actually paying a minor for prostitution. Under current law, the penalties for hiring a minor […] Read more

Revocation reductions programs

According to numerous studies, access to stable housing, employment, and counseling services are huge factors in determining the success of an offender post-release. Using federal funds, the Department of Corrections has implemented several successful programs aimed at helping offenders adjust to life outside of prison. However, the federal funding to pay for these programs is […] Read more

Money earmarked for sex trafficking investigations

This bill appropriates $820,000 to the commissioner of public safety to provide grants to state and local law enforcement organizations to investigate sex trafficking crimes, and to provide technical assistance during the course of investigating those crimes. (S.F. 2787)

Police body camera guidelines

The legislature passed new regulations on the use of body cameras by police officers. Minnesota lacks clear guidelines on how footage recorded by body cameras should be stored, and on when and how they should be made available to the public. Often times, police body cameras capture the worst moments of a person’s life; bill […] Read more

Claims payment for those wrongfully convicted

This bill would authorize the payment of claims against the state. This includes three people who have been wrongfully convicted, and also those injured on sentence to serve crews. In 2014, the legislature passed the Imprisonment and Exoneration Remedies Act, which enabled those who were wrongfully convicted to make a claim against the state to […] Read more