Bill toughening protester penalties heads to Dayton

By |2018-05-14T14:34:33-05:00May 14th, 2018|

A bill increasing fines and penalties for protesters who block freeways, transit lines and airports is headed for Gov. Mark Dayton's desk after clearing the Minnesota Legislature. The proposal passed the Republican-controlled Senate Monday. It would hit protesters with up to a year in jail and $3,000 if convicted of blocking traffic during protests. The effort to crack down on disruptive demonstrations started last year in response to months of protests over officer-involved shootings that clogged interstate traffic. Supporters say increasing penalties from a misdemeanor to a gross misdemeanor would improve public safety. The bill passed on a 40-27 vote over [...]

Bill aims to limit camera use in Minnesota courts

By |2018-03-21T14:39:56-05:00March 21st, 2018|

House lawmakers are proposing steep restrictions on the use of cameras in Minnesota courtrooms. The House Public Safety committee unanimously passed legislation Wednesday that would require defendants, witnesses and others to approve filming. State courts lifted a longtime ban on cameras and started testing them during criminal sentencing so long as the victims, families and a judge sign off. Lawmakers and supporters say a camera can steer away reluctant testifiers and victims. But media advocates say the stronger protections would effectively ban filming court proceedings. Minnesota Newspaper Association attorney Mark Anfinson told lawmakers that cameras benefit the public by letting them [...]

Mankato Schools Superintendent: “we continue to work hard to look at safety”

By |2018-02-20T16:37:38-06:00February 20th, 2018|

The issue of school safety has been on the minds of some families and officials in the Mankato Metro after last weeks shooting at a school in Parkland, Florida. ISD77 Superintendent Sheri Allen says she has received phone calls from concerned residents following the incident that killed 17 students and faculty. "Unfortunately, the times are where they're at. We need to continue to work to keep our schools as safe as possible. I can't imagine that school community and the tragedy. You know, our students are amazing, they have great voices and perspectives. We continue to work hard to look at [...]

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