Minnesota House Approves Policing Reform Legislation
St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News) - The Minnesota House early today voted 71-59 to approve a sweeping package of policing reforms titled The Reforming Accountability Act.
The legislation includes the set of more limited reforms approved earlier by the Republican-controlled State Senate, but it also includes provisions that give the State Attorney General jurisdiction to prosecute cases where police officers are involved in a death, give local police departments the authority to require police officers to live in the city where they work, and ban so-called "warrior style training."
The House plan also restores voting rights to convicted felons immediately after their release from prison and eliminates the need for cash bail for individuals charged with misdemeanor offenses, other than domestic assault and certain drunk driving violations.
It is unclear if there will be time to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate measures. The Republican leaders of the State Senate have said from the beginning of the special session last week that they intend to adjourn tonight.