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SF 3523

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 02/25/2020 08:40am

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underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to public safety; requiring the development and implementation of autism
training for peace officers; appropriating money; proposing coding for new law
in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 626.

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

Section 1.

new text begin [626.8474] AUTISM TRAINING.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Learning objectives required. new text end

new text begin (a) By January 1, 2021, the board shall
prepare learning objectives for preservice and in-service training on ensuring safer
interactions between peace officers and persons with autism. At a minimum, the objectives
must address the following:
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new text begin (1) autism overview and behavioral understanding;
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new text begin (2) best practices for interventions and de-escalation strategies;
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new text begin (3) prevention and crisis reduction models; and
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new text begin (4) objective review of tools and technology available.
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new text begin (b) In developing the learning objectives, the board shall consult with, at a minimum:
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new text begin (1) individuals with autism;
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new text begin (2) family members of individuals with autism;
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new text begin (3) autism experts; and
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new text begin (4) peace officers.
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new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Preservice training required. new text end

new text begin (a) The learning objectives developed pursuant
to subdivision 1 must be included in the required curriculum of professional peace officer
educational programs.
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new text begin (b) A person is not eligible to take the peace officer licensing examination after July 1,
2021, unless the individual has received the training described in paragraph (a).
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new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin In-service training required. new text end

new text begin Beginning July 1, 2021, the chief law enforcement
officer of every state and local law enforcement agency shall provide in-service autism
training to every peace officer and part-time peace officer employed by the agency. The
training must comply with the learning objectives developed and approved by the board
and must meet board requirements for board-approved continuing education credit. The
training must consist of at least four continuing education credits within an officer's three-year
licensing cycle. Each peace officer with a license renewal date after June 30, 2021, is not
required to complete this training until the officer's next full three-year licensing cycle.
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new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Record keeping required. new text end

new text begin The head of every local and state law enforcement
agency shall maintain written records of the agency's compliance with the requirements of
subdivision 3. The documentation is subject to periodic review by the board, and must be
made available to the board at its request.
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new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Licensing sanctions; injunctive relief. new text end

new text begin The board may impose licensing
sanctions and seek injunctive relief under section 214.11 for failure to comply with the
requirements of this section.
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Sec. 2. new text beginAPPROPRIATION.
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new text begin $....... is appropriated from the general fund to the Peace Officer Standards and Training
(POST) Board for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021, to implement section 1.
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