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SF 823

as introduced - 85th Legislature (2007 - 2008) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to public safety; authorizing organizations providing mentoring
services to request criminal background checks from the Bureau of Criminal
Apprehension; appropriating money; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota
Statutes, chapter 299A.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

new text begin [299A.82] MENTORING PROGRAMS; CRIMINAL BACKGROUND
CHECKS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definition. new text end

new text begin For purposes of this section, "mentoring" means a
commitment between an adult and youth focused on developing the character and
capabilities of the young person and involving regular, personal, or face-to-face meetings.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Background check requests. new text end

new text begin To screen for safety risks, an organization
providing mentor services may request the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to perform
a criminal background check on persons volunteering to become a mentor under the
organization's supervision.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Background checks. new text end

new text begin The superintendent of the Bureau of Criminal
Apprehension shall provide up to 40,000 state background checks upon request for
background checks by charitable, nonprofit mentoring organizations specified in
subdivision 2. Mentoring organizations must complete a background check training
through the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota. Upon completion of the training, mentor
programs are eligible to receive background checks through the Bureau of Criminal
Apprehension under this subdivision.
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginAPPROPRIATION.
new text end

new text begin (a) $320,000 is appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner of public
safety to provide criminal background checks as provided in section 1. The appropriation
is part of the base and is available for the biennium ending June 30, 2009.
new text end

new text begin (b) $10,000 is appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner of public
safety for background check training. The commissioner shall distribute these funds to the
Mentoring Partnership to provide background check training. The appropriation is not
part of the base and is available for the biennium ending June 30, 2009.
new text end