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2021-2022 Regular Session

Trio wrongly imprisoned will get relief via claims law

Each year, a joint House-Senate Subcommittee on Claims decides which claims against the state it should fund.

This year’s law calls for $813,315 in payments in fiscal year 2023 to three people who sought relief under the Imprisonment and Exoneration Remedies Act which provides a compensation process for cases where a person was exonerated of a felony for which they were wrongfully incarcerated.

The awards are:

• $423,212 to Benjamin Hill, who was wrongfully imprisoned/on supervised release for five years;

• $225,000 to Joseph Livingston, who spent two years and seven days in prison; and

• $165,103 to Bryan Bemboom, who served 23 months in prison.

Rep. Mary Murphy (DFL-Hermantown) and Sen. Bruce Anderson (R-Buffalo Township) sponsor the law that takes effect July 1, 2022.


New Laws 2023

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HF4670* / SF4339 / CH88
House Chief Author: Murphy
Senate Chief Author: Anderson
Effective Dates: See chapter summary in the file link above.
* The legislative bill marked with an asterisk denotes the file submitted to the governor.