Legislative leaders reached a deal Saturday on public safety legislation that includes several police reform and accountability measures supported by the House, but that also left out many others.
House Speaker Melissa Hortman (DFL-Brooklyn Park) said in a statement the agreement doesn’t include some of the important police reform and accountability measures pushed by the House, “but it is a step forward in delivering true public safety and justice for all Minnesotans despite divided government.”
Rep. Carlos Mariani (DFL-St. Paul), who sponsors SSHF63, was more direct on the matter, calling the omission of so many of the House provisions on police reform “a great disappointment.”
Mariani spoke at a Sunday morning meeting of the House Rules and Legislative Administration Committee, which approved the bill, as amended, to substitute the agreement language, and sent it to the House Floor. There is no Senate companion.
House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler (DFL-Golden Valley) said he expects the bill to be debated on the floor Tuesday, one day before the June 30 deadline to finish all budget bills and avoid a partial government shutdown, which would begin July 1.
Among changes in the bill, it would:
House positions not in the bill include:
The bill also sets a budget for the Department of Public Safety, Department of Corrections, Minnesota courts, civil legal services, Guardian ad Litem Board, Tax Court, Uniform Laws Commission, Board on Judicial Standards, Board of Public Defense and Human Rights Department.
Included in the bill is a 2.5% raise for judges and court employees and grants for courthouse security.
The agreement language settled on a total of $2.6 billion in funding; details can be viewed in the spreadsheet.