House passes, Senate amends $7.8M in funding for police response to civil unrest | KSTP.com

House passes, Senate amends $7.8M in funding for police response to civil unrest

Police in riot gear walk through a cloud of blue smoke as they advance on protesters near the Minneapolis 5th Precinct, Saturday, May 30, 2020, in Minneapolis. Photo: AP Photo/John Minchillo. Police in riot gear walk through a cloud of blue smoke as they advance on protesters near the Minneapolis 5th Precinct, Saturday, May 30, 2020, in Minneapolis.

Tommy Wiita
Updated: April 27, 2021 04:22 PM
Created: April 27, 2021 04:08 PM

The Minnesota House of Representatives passed legislation Tuesday that would make $7.8 million in funding available to support law enforcement agencies responding to potential civil unrest. 

The bill was passed with a 107-25 vote in the House, with the Senate amending the bill and passing it with a 52-15 vote tally. Next for the HF729 bill will be Gov. Tim Walz's desk, who has indicated he will sign it. 

"We're grateful to the Walz-Flanagan administration for working with the National Guard, State Patrol, and law enforcement partners here in Minnesota and in other states to ensure we had the resources needed to keep our communities safe," said Rep. Brian Johnson, R-Cambridge, Republican Lead on the House Public Safety Committee.

Originally requested by the governor, the bill would appropriate $1.5 million in fiscal year 2021 "for costs directly attributable to requesting additional public safety assistance for civil unrest through the Interstate Emergency Management Assistance Compact." An additional $6.3 million would be appropriated in fiscal year 2021 from the General Fund to pay for state trooper and DNR conservation officer expenses related to civil unrest, including costs "arising from restoring or maintaining civil order," according to the bill. 


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