Governor Vetoes All Budget Bills
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton vetoed all budget bills presented at the end of the 2011 regular legislative session.
S.F. 958 - Omnibus Public Safety and Judiciary Finance Bill
Latest Major Action: 5/24/11 - Veto by Governor.
The Public Safety and Judiciary Conference Committee report included a last-minute provision to mandate the commissioner of public satety to enter into an agreement with the federal Department of Homeland Security to implement the "Secure Communities" program. The bill also includes significant cuts to civil legal services, including severe restrictions to the availability of free legal services in immigration and other cases involving federal jurisdiction. S.F. 958 incorporates the many policy provisions included in the House version of the bill, H.F. 440.
Read Governor Dayton's May 24 veto letter.
S.F. 175 - Designating English as Minnesota's Official Language
Latest Major Action: 1/31/11 - None. Referred to State Government and Veterans Committee.
S.F. 175, a bill for an act designating English as Minnesota's official language, was introduced on January 31, 2011, as a companion to H.F. 64. Original authors of the Senate bill are Ingebrgtsen (R-11), Hoffman (R-10), Dahms (R-21), Pederson (R-15), and Gazelka (R-12).
H.F. 152 - Criminal Possession or Sale of Identification Documents Crime Created
Latest Major Action: 2/7/11 - Referred to Judiciary Police and Finance.
H.F. 152 would create a crime for the criminal possession or sale of identification documents under Minnesota statute. Authors Tony Cornish (R-24B) and Andrea Kieffer (R-56B) introduced this bill on January 20, 2011. The Senate companion is S.F. 108.
The bill was passed by the Public Safety and Crime Prevention Policy and Finance Committee at a hearing on Thursday, February 3, 2011, and was laid over by the House Judiciary Committee on March 8, 2011, for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.
H.F. 358 - Immigration Law Enforcement Noncooperation Ordinances and Policies Prohibited, and Immigration-related Data Use Provided
Latest Major Action: April 17, 2012. Placed on the Calendar of the Day.
This bill could be taken up at any time. If voted to pass the House, it proceeds to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
H.F. 358, Immigration law enforcement noncooperation ordinances and policies prohibited, and immigration-related data use provided, was introduced in the House on February 3, 2011. Representatives Bob Barret (R-17B) and Mike Benson (R-30B) co-authored the legislation to prohibit cities and police departments from adopting community policing ordinances and policies designed to build trust with immigrant and refugee crime victims and witnesses.