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Governor Dayton Proclaims “Domestic Violence Awareness Month”

Posted on October 02, 2014 at 11:28 AM
Categories: Human Rights

Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed October to be “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” to honor victims, celebrate survivors, and support efforts to end the violence. Despite increasing awareness of domestic violence, it remains a problem in Minnesota and across the United States. Last year, more than 63,000 Minnesotans sought assistance from domestic violence programs. But, that number reflects just a small fraction of victims – with only one-in-five victims seeking help. Overall, one-in-three Minnesota women has been a victim of domestic violence.


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From Infrastructure to Education, New Laws Going Into Effect in Minnesota

Posted on July 01, 2014 at 1:33 PM
Categories: Education, Economy, Reform, Human Rights, Health, Jobs

Governor Dayton Signing the Women's Economic Security Act

Governor Dayton signs the Women's Economic Security Act, one of several laws now taking effect. 

Governor Dayton is committed to improving state government – from investing in education and improving the state's infrastructure to taking steps to ensure high-quality health care. Through the work done in the 2014 legislative session, many great strides were made in keeping this promise. Here are ten of the laws and reforms signed by the Governor that are going into effect today:


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Living the Legacy: The Civil Rights Act of 1964 premieres this weekend

Posted on June 13, 2014 at 2:05 PM
Categories: Human Rights


This weekend, the Minnesota Human Rights Department will premiere “Living the Legacy: The Civil Rights Act of 1964” to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the historic legislation this weekend on local cable and YouTube and will continue airing the program through July 5th. 
 
On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin.  The law also ended unequal application of voter registration and racial segregation in schools, workplace and facilities that served the general public.
 
“Passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was a significant moment in our country’s history and while all of the evils of discrimination didn’t end, we took a big step forward,” said Commissioner Kevin Lindsey. “I hope that viewers will gain a greater appreciation for the sacrifices made on our collective behalf, what we have accomplished and the work that remains ahead us.”

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Second Chance Expungement Bill Becomes Law

Posted on May 15, 2014 at 11:50 AM
Categories: Human Rights

Governor Dayton signs the expungement bill into law

Governor Dayton signs the Second Chance Expungement Bill into law.

Governor Dayton has signed a bill that will give a second chance to thousands of Minnesotans who are taking honest steps to support themselves and their families. The new law (Chapter 246, HF2576) creates a more thorough expungement mechanism that allows judges to permanently seal the criminal records of reformed offenders – making it easier for these Minnesotans to secure good jobs, access quality housing, and provide for their families.
 
"People can't turn their lives around and become law-abiding citizens, if they have no hope of finding a decent job or a place to live," said Governor Dayton. "This law provides a chance for them to put their pasts behind them and live better lives. I commend Senator Champion and Representative Melin for their leadership.”
 
State law allows judges to expunge criminal records of certain offenders. But a Minnesota Supreme Court decision ruled that under previous law, judges could only wipe out court records, not those collected by state agencies such as the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension or Department of Human Services. As a result, offenses were still showing up in certain background checks, which made it difficult for many offenders to obtain housing or secure employment. The new law enacted today will give judges in Minnesota the authority to expunge all criminal records for reformed offenders.
 
“Nearly one in five Minnesotans have an arrest or criminal record,” said Sen. Bobby Joe Champion, who authored the bill in the Senate. “The use of online criminal record checks by employers and landlords has skyrocketed as they evaluate candidates for employment and housing. Unfortunately, online records are often inaccurate, incomplete or misinterpreted.”
 
One important provision in the bill will help correct that problem by requiring business screening services to delete records if they know a criminal record has been sealed, expunged, or is the subject of a pardon.
 
"This legislation gives Minnesotans who made mistakes in the past a second chance so they can move on and become productive members of our communities,” said Rep. Carly Melin, who authored the bill in the House. “It is an important step toward removing barriers to employment, housing, or a post-secondary degree – the kinds of things that allow Minnesotans to support themselves and their loved ones."
 
The new law also improves long-standing juvenile record expungement law by clarifying that records related to juvenile delinquency – not just an order of adjudication – can be expunged. Additionally, it provides clear standards for consideration in juvenile records expungement, and easier access by criminal justice agencies to juvenile records.
 
Finally, the legislation provides for easier exchange of expunged records between criminal justice agencies for use in investigations, prosecution, and sentencing for all records expunged. The law also requires agencies to notify the petitioner when their criminal records are sealed.
 
Supporters of the bill included the County Attorney Association and the MN Second Chance Coalition, as well as the MN Coalition of Battered Women and the MN Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
 


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Watch This: Governor Dayton Signs the Safe and Supportive Schools Act

Posted on May 05, 2014 at 10:31 AM
Categories: Human Rights



On Wednesday, April 9, Governor Dayton signed the Safe and Supportive Schools Act into law. The new measure provides local school districts the guidance, support, and flexibility to adopt clear and enforceable school policies to help protect all children from bullying, and to reinforce the principles of tolerance and respect in our schools. Watch the video to see how students reacted to the bill signing.
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