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2021-2022 Regular Session

New rules on how data from criminal background checks are released to cities, counties

A new law removes restrictions on how law enforcement agencies release background check results of applicants seeking employment with, or a license from, a city or county.

Effective Aug. 1, 2022, law enforcement agencies will be authorized to release the full criminal history data of an applicant to a city or county, while no longer being restricted to only notify cities or counties whether a background check revealed disqualifying offenses.

Law enforcement agencies, cities, and counties must also securely maintain data resulting from a criminal background check and notify an applicant of the grounds and reasons for a denial or disqualification.

The law is sponsored by Rep. Kaohly Vang Her (DFL-St. Paul) and Sen. Mark Koran (R-North Branch).


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HF2945* / SF3214 / CH59
House Chief Author: Her
Senate Chief Author: Koran
Effective Dates: See chapter summary in the file link above.
* The legislative bill marked with an asterisk denotes the file submitted to the governor.