House Civil Law Committee
Minnesota lawmakers are being advised to think beyond police officer body cameras as they consider how to manage loads of data being scooped up by newer law enforcement tools. Government data policy expert Don Gemberling told the House Civil Law Committee on Tuesday that fast-evolving technology makes it important that any rewrite of access laws isn’t too narrowly focused.
Minnesota state lawmakers are trying to slow down a plan from the Department of Public Safety that would restrict public access to driver’s license data, including the bulk sale of data to insurance companies and car dealers. DPS officials say they made the change after thousands of snooping incidents into personal driver’s license records. But insurance industry executives, and Insurance Federation of Minnesota Vice President Mark Kulda, say it could add money to your insurance bill.
Same-sex marriage bills are advancing at the State Capitol as on Tuesday, two legislative committees passed them. This is the first time that any Minnesota legislative committee has ever backed marriage rights for gay couples.
A Minnesota Senate committee has approved a bill that would legalize gay marriage in the state. The bill was endorsed on a 5 to 3 party-line vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee with all Democrats in favor and all Republicans opposed.
Committees in the Minnesota House and Senate are poised to vote on — and likely pass — bills to legalize same-sex marriage Tuesday.
Opponents of legalizing gay marriage in Minnesota are holding a rally at the Capitol.