Despite body cameras’ growing use by police and concerns about how to handle sensitive footage, a top House lawmaker said Wednesday he plans to hold off on passing any restrictions this year. Rep. Tony Cornish, chairman of the House’s public safety committee, told The Associated Press he may instead push for a study and perhaps tackle the issue again in 2016.
Body cameras are quickly becoming part of the uniform for several police forces across the country and in Minnesota. But there is some concern about what should happen to all the video.
One of the most heavily pushed bills lawmakers will take up this session is whether or not to restore voting rights to convicted felons.
Election Day came five months early for seven incumbents in the Minnesota Legislature. Six Republicans and one Democrat didn’t attract any opponents by Tuesday’s candidate filing deadline. Barring a write-in effort or a shocking turn of events, they’ll be assured new two-year terms that begin in January.
Minnesota lawmakers are getting nowhere over how to resolve constitutional questions about the state’s sex offender treatment program, but the same can’t be said about the program’s costs. They’re going somewhere — up. About 50 new patients enter the program every year, a growth rate that threatens to swamp existing facilities in the next few years. A Senate committee on Thursday will review a request for $7.4 million this year to renovate and expand the St. Peter treatment center; another $30 million or more is on the drawing board for future growth there and in Moose Lake.
For the second day in a row, the gun debate has brought a large crowd to the State Capitol.
Thousands of Minnesota gun advocates joined nationwide rallies in support of gun rights.
Hundreds of people visit the State Capitol every day. What’s impossible to know is how many are carrying a concealed weapon.
Minnesota is among the most lenient states in restoring gun rights to convicted felons, but one state lawmaker says it’s too risky.
Protesters twice interrupted the head of the NRA as he proposed armed security guards in every school in the United States.
Two days after embattled House Democrat Kerry Gauthier was admitted to St Luke’s Hospital on Wednesday for unknown reasons, top House Republican and the Republican Chairman of the Public Safety Committee on which Gauthier is a member says the Duluth Representative should be removed.
A Minnesota congressman is calling for important changes to federal firearm laws in the wake of the movie theater massacre in Colorado.
Fifteen months after taking control of Minnesota’s Legislature, Republicans have put a gay marriage ban on this November’s ballot, moved to expand gun rights and cast dozens of votes to cut state spending. But there’s one issue where they failed to get traction: watering down the strength of organized labor with a right-to-work law.
A proposal expanding the right to use deadly force in self-defense is headed for a vote in the Republican-controlled House.
A Minnesota lawmaker introduced a bill Monday to ban guns at the State Capitol complex, and consider the use of metal detectors at some building entrances.
A House panel has approved a proposal to put the most dangerous sex offenders away for open-ended prison terms as lawmakers search for new ways to deal with the soaring cost of confining sexual predators.
A House public safety panel considers a bill Thursday that would let the public look up more sex offenders and other predators online.