ST. PAUL - Rep. Brian Johnson (R-Cambridge) released the following statement in response to the announcement by Governor Mark Dayton of a suspension of sex offender transfer plans by the Minnesota Department of Human Services:
"I was pleased to hear today that after months of work on this issue, Governor Dayton has finally agreed to my position which I have brought forward on behalf of the citizens of Cambridge. Governor Dayton's directive to Commissioner Jesson to suspend the dangerous transfer of sexual offenders to less secure facilities like the one in Cambridge is welcome news. Today's news comes after months of unanswered questions and growing concern by thousands of constituents in my district regarding the future of MSOP and the safety of our community. While Gov. Dayton expressed his concern with legislators providing input on MSOP, I would kindly remind the Governor that as representatives of the people, lawmakers ought to be more thoroughly consulted on issues like this program in the future."
"The City of Cambridge, neighborhoods and businesses surrounding the proposed transfer site, and hundreds of past victims who have contacted me can now rest a little easier knowing that our state's leaders have reversed their previous course of action. Many legal questions and concerns still remain with MSOP and I plan on following this issue closely over the next several months and during the 2014 legislative session. After spending a career in law enforcement, my priority continues to be the safety and security of the citizens of Cambridge and other communities potentially impacted in the future."