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2016 MINNESOTA LEGISLATIVE SUMMARY
23 May 2016
END OF THE 2016 SESSION
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL MCBW PROACTIVE AGENDA
- MANDATORY OFP EXTENSION HEARINGS ELIMINATED: HF2552 passed unanimously in both chambers and was signed by the governor on the May 19th and is now session law chapter 141. This bill eliminates the mandatory hearing that was required for extensions of limited-relief Orders for Protection. It will take effect on August 1, 2016. Please thank Rep. Marion O’Neill (29B – Maple Lake, Republican) and Sen. Ron Latz (46 – St. Louis Park, DFL) for authoring this legislation.
- OFP RESPONDENT FILING FEES ELIMINATED: HF2553 also passed unanimously in both chambers and has been sent to the governor for signature. This bill eliminates the filing fee for respondents in Order for Protection proceedings. Petitioners already have filing fees waived. If the governor signs the bill, this law will also go into effect on August 1, 2016. Please thank Rep. Marion O’Neill (29B – Maple Lake, Republican) and Sen. Ron Latz (46 – St. Louis Park, DFL) for authoring this legislation.
MCBW EMERGING ISSUES AGENDA
- Our emerging issues agenda also had a lot of movement.
- REVENGE PORN PROHIBITION, REMEDIES & PENALTIES: SF2713 was signed by the Governor on May 19th and is now session law chapter 126. This bill creates civil remedies and criminal penalties for the nonconsensual distribution of private sexual images, also known as “revenge porn.” We will send out a more detailed review of the law in our in-depth 2016 Legislative Summary. The law will go into effect on August 1, 2016. Please thank Rep. John Lesch (66B – St Paul Como Park Area, DFL) and Sen. Barb Goodwin (41 – Columbia Heights, DFL) for authoring this legislation.
- LAW ENFORCEMENT USE OF BODY CAMERAS: SF498 passed both chambers and is headed to the Governor for signature, but HE HAS NOT SIGNED IT YET. He has 14 days after the session to either sign the bill, veto the bill, or do nothing (in which case the bill dies because of a pocket veto). The legislation that passed – but has NOT been signed by the Governor – does the following:
- Classifies law enforcement body camera data as presumptively private or nonpublic data. HOWEVER, body camera data would be public IF AND ONLY IF
- A subject of the data requests that it be public (in which case law enforcement must redact the data of other subjects who do not consent to it being public, if practicable); or
- Law enforcement either discharges a firearm or uses force that results in substantial bodily harm.
- Subjects of the data can always have access to the body camera footage, but if the subject request a copy of the footage, generally other data subjects must be redacted if they have not consented to release of the footage.
- Allows that any person may bring an action in the district court located in the county where body camera data are being maintained to authorize disclosure of data.
- Maintains that body camera data that is investigative is still confidential (meaning, as with all investigative data, it is not accessible to the data subjects or the public until the investigation has concluded).
- Creates timelines for the retention and destruction of data.
- Requires protocols for sharing data within and between law enforcement entities; audits of data; prohibition of law enforcement use of body cameras unless written policy is adopted after public comment; and reports to the legislature.
- Most of the legislation is effective August 1, 2016.
- Please thank Rep. Tony Cornish (23B – Vernon Center, Republican) and Sen. Ron Latz (46 – St. Louis Park, DFL) for authoring this legislation.
The Someplace Safe Parenting Time Center is a proud member of the Supervised Visitation Network. The Supervised Visitation Network is an organization consisting of over 500 visitation providers worldwide, who adopted the Orange Ribbon Campaign in May of 2001. The purpose of the campaign is to use the symbol of the orange ribbon throughout the month of May (and each day of the year) to raise awareness about the need and impact of Supervised Visitation.
Parenting Time Centers of Someplace Safe offer safe, child friendly locations where parents can exchange their children or have supervised parenting time with their children. Parents who are divorced or separated can exchange their children for visitation without conflict. Also, parents who need supervision while with their children can do so in an atmosphere conducive to healthy parent-child interaction. Parenting Time Centers also ensure the safety of adult victims during the exchange of children. Someplace Safe Parenting Time Centers have staggered arrival times, separate entrances, and parents maintain no contact during the exchange of children. Someplace Safe Parenting Time Centers are an unbiased, safe, and confidential site, which can assist families who are going through a difficult time.
Someplace Safe Parenting Time Centers offer supervised parenting times, safe exchanges, contact exchanges, supervised phone visits, Skype visits, and a scheduling service for children and their parent(s). Someplace Safe Parenting Time Centers are available in Fergus Falls, Perham, Morris, Ortonville, and Glenwood.
For more information, visit www.someplacesafe.info/parenting-time-centers or call 218-739-3132.
For more information on Supervised Visitation Awareness Month, visit: www.svnetwork.net.