The Minnesota Senate last night (Wed) passed a nearly 2.4-billion-dollar budget bill to fund public safety agencies and the judicial branch. Lead author, Maple Grove Republican Warren Limmer:

“This is bill is focused on funding corrections officers, public safety employees and all those who deserve protection from violence and injustice.”

The bill includes 9.5 million dollars to hire new corrections officers at state prisons and make security upgrades. It also toughens penalties for sex offenders. But controversial anti-gun-violence measures, such as background checks and a so-called “red flag” law, are *not* in the bill. More wrangling over that issue will likely come closer to the end of the legislative session.