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Minnesota lawmakers rush through range of bills


ST. PAUL -- Minnesota lawmakers may be struggling to decide many of the big spending bills, but they are in high gear passing legislation dealing with issues ranging from police body cameras to fish and game rules.

In the past few days, lawmakers have faced long sessions debating bills that often do not receive as many headlines as issues such as public works and transportation funding.

One issue that has been in the news passed the House.

Known as "the bodycam bill," sponsored by Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Vernon Center, and Sen. Ron Latz, D-St. Louis Park, it would establish data practices and regulations governing portable recording devices that police officers would wear. It would also establish public access policies, data retention and destruction requirements, and provide violations and internal audit guidelines.

Passed 95-33 as amended by the House Monday, it now heads back to the Senate. It was passed 47-14 by senators May 2.


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