Minnesota Legislature: Public Safety

The chief justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court says he's concerned that any additional budget cuts will hurt the state's courts. (03/16/2010)
Lawmakers are debating a $1 billion public works borrowing bill which includes money for expansion of the Moose Lake sex offender treatment facility, which is one of Gov. Pawlenty's priorities. Some critics say the governor is proposing a "Cadillac plan" for the facility. (03/09/2010)
Gov. Tim Pawlenty proposed tougher penalties for sex offenders that would more than double their time in prison. (02/09/2010)
Minnesota Chief Justice Eric Magnuson says the state of the judiciary right now is "OK." Magnuson says legislative budget cuts could have been much worse. (06/26/2009)
The Minnesota House waited until the last day of the session to pass a bill that would allow police to stop vehicles solely for seat belt violations. (05/18/2009)
The highest-risk sex offenders will face limits on their Internet access under a bill the Minnesota Legislature voted unanimously to send to Gov. Tim Pawlenty. (05/06/2009)
Cities across Minnesota are hoping this is the year the Legislature clarifies whether they can issue fines for minor traffic stops. (05/03/2009)
The Minnesota Senate has approved legislation that would allow medical marijuana use for seriously ill patients. (04/29/2009)
A proposal to give police in Minnesota the authority to collect secret data that isn't directly related to a crime ran into stiff opposition at the Capitol Friday. (03/20/2009)
A bill to allow the medical use of marijuana in Minnesota has cleared another committee in the state Senate. (03/10/2009)
Gov. Tim Pawlenty is pushing back against a drive by state court officials to avert funding cuts. Pawlenty said that court budgets need trimming as a way to pressure them to modernize their inefficient processes. (02/25/2009)
Several Republican lawmakers want to save the state more than $100 million by shuffling medium-security state prisoners and civilly committed sex offenders. (02/24/2009)
Whether it's chewing a hamburger, smoking a cigar or answering a cell phone, some Minnesota lawmakers want distracted drivers to face penalties if their behavior contributes to an accident. (02/10/2009)
Minnesota court leaders say they need an extra $54 million or they will have to cut hundreds of jobs and force delays in hearing cases. (09/19/2008)
Minnesota counties say local governments can no longer afford to house short term offenders in county jails. They want the state to stop passing the buck to counties. (09/18/2008)

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