Minnesota Legislature: Public Safety

A bill passed by the House limits the number of passengers teenage drivers can have in their vehicles. Teens would also be prohibited from driving between midnight and 5 a.m. during their first six months with a license. (04/25/2008)
Gov. Pawlenty says he hopes state lawmakers reconsider a bill to expand the right of people to use deadly force to defend themselves in their homes, businesses or cars if they feel they're in imminent danger. (03/14/2008)
A Minnesota House committee has approved a bill which would allow juveniles as young as 13 to be charged as adults for certain serious crimes. Right now the limit is 14. Bob Collins recaps the testimony in his News Cut blog. (03/13/2008)
A plan to banish sex offenders from social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook is moving through the Minnesota House. (03/12/2008)
The Minnesota Senate voted 40-24 Monday to keep teenage drivers off the roads between midnight and 5 a.m. during the first six months of their provisional licenses. (04/23/2007)
- A prized rite of passage for 16-year-olds - getting a driver's license - would come with additional restrictions under a bill making gains at the Capitol. (04/17/2007)
Sex offenders already have to tell Minnesota authorities where they live, work, attend school and vacation. Soon, they might also have to provide their e-mail addresses. (03/13/2007)
Minnesota's chief justice says the state's court system needs more funding, more judges, and more staff to keep up with rising caseloads. (01/26/2007)
The proposal would allow police officers to stop motorists solely for failing to wear seat belts. Drivers and passengers who don't buckle up would face fines. (01/24/2007)
Minnesota House Republicans are proposing legislation aimed at getting more police on the streets of Minneapolis and St. Paul. (01/10/2007)
The city of Minneapolis is looking to the 2007 Legislature for help with a controversial traffic enforcement program that uses remote cameras to nab drivers who run red lights. (01/01/2007)
A bill passed by the House and Senate would prohibit anyone under the age of 17 from renting or buying some video games. Store owners would also have to post signs about the age restriction. (05/18/2006)
Minnesota drivers could be pulled over for not wearing seat belts, under a bill that passed the Minnesota Senate on Thursday. (04/20/2006)
A convicted rapist remains at large after squeezing through a broken window Saturday night. (04/18/2006)
Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Attorney General Mike Hatch don't agree on much, but both of them are throwing their weight behind proposals to restrict access to personal information collected by the government. (03/02/2006)

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