PUBLIC SAFETY POLICY & OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
September 30, 2010
Room 5 State Office Building
Debra Hilstrom, Chair of the Public Safety Policy & Oversight Committee, started the House Public Safety Policy & Oversight Committee Interim Hearing at 9:07 am on Wednesday, September 30, 2010 in Room 5 of the State Office Building.
The Committee Legislative Assistant noted roll:
Kulick Jackson, Gail
Other Members Present:
Sen. Linda Berglin
Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen
Sen. Warren Limmer
Sen. Linda Higgins
The following individuals presented on the trends in drugs and drug offenders in Minnesota, and took questions from the committee:
Dave Bjerga, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
Andy Smith, Lieutenant, Minneapolis Police Department
Troy Appel, Commander, SE Minnesota Task Force
Leko, Joe, Sargeant, Commander
Phil Prokopowicz, Assistant Dakota County Attorney
Gary Karger, House Fiscal Analyst, provided information on drug-related arrests, as it pertained to the testimony of the previous testifiers.
Steve Thomas, Network for Better Futures, presented on the social experiences and strategies for drug use rehabilitation, and took questions from the committee.
Carol Falkowski, Minnesota Department of Human Resources, presented on the national and state trends in drug abuse, and took questions from the committee.
Chair Hilstrom called for a recess at 12:03 pm, and announced the agenda would resume at 12:30 pm.
Chair Hilstrom resumed the hearing at 12:40 pm.
The following individuals presented on drug use, treatment, and prevention and took questions from the committee:
Ryan Erdmann, MAACCAC
Josh Milow, Director, Blue Earth County Community Corrections
Midge Christianson, Director, 6-West Community Corrections
Gary Karger, House Fiscal Analyst, provided information on drug-related offenses, as it pertained to the testimony of the previous testifiers.
Rich Scherber, Executive Director, Minnesota Teen Challenge, provided a presentation of his diversion and drug treatment program and took questions from the committee.
Adam Peterson, Teen Challenge Prevention Program, provided a presentation on the organization’s teen drug prevention program and took questions from the committee.
The following individuals gave a presentation on youth in Minnesota correctional facilities and took questions from the committee:
Danette Buskovick, Office of Justice Programs, Minnesota Department of Public Safety
Dana Swayze, Office of Justice Programs, Minnesota Department of Public Safety
The following individuals provided presentations on the impact of drugs and drug convictions, and took questions from the committee:
Mark Haase, 180 Degrees
Dr. David Walsh, Juvenile Justice Coalition
Dr. Peter Hayden, Turning Point
Gary Karger, House Fiscal Analyst, provided a presentation of Minnesota state and local budget cuts and their influence on drugs and drug treatment.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:34 pm.
Chair, House Public Safety Policy & Oversight
House Public Safety Policy & Oversight
Committee Legislative Assistant