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SF 9

as introduced - 91st Legislature, 2020 5th Special Session (2020 - 2020) Posted on 10/13/2020 07:48am

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

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A bill for an act
relating to investigation of civil unrest; creating a commission to investigate and
determine facts surrounding government responses to the tragic events and civil
unrest of May and June 2020; appropriating money.

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

Section 1. new text beginCIVIL UNREST INVESTIGATORY COMMISSION.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Purpose; finding of facts and time line of public responses. new text end

new text begin (a) The
legislature and governor of the state of Minnesota recognize that the civil unrest that occurred
in Minnesota in May and June of 2020 raises questions about the nature of orders given,
responses made, and actions taken by civil authorities. The Minnesota public lacks a
comprehensive and accurate time line of events and the role played in those events by local
authorities, state military and police, appointed and elected officials, and all other responsible
parties whose duties commanded their public response to the unprecedented events that
tragically unfolded.
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new text begin (b) Civil authorities remain actively engaged at this moment in time to performing their
ongoing duties and in managing the ongoing public interests in responding to unrest, and
in helping affected citizens.
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new text begin (c) However, the creation of an accurate time line of civic responses is a crucial task
that must be completed to provide confidence to the Minnesota public in the capacity of
civil government in this and future responses. Further, the investigation into decisions and
actions cannot be undertaken by persons currently in state or local government, whose
ongoing duties and past responsibilities render them too involved for dispassionate analysis.
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new text begin (d) Therefore, the Civil Unrest Investigatory Commission must examine and create a
public record of all actions, choices, orders, and responses by all local governments, police
and military authorities, and elected officials who were crucial to the government's response
to the civil unrest that unfolded in May and June 2020.
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new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Duties of commission. new text end

new text begin The commission must take public and private testimony,
hold public meetings, construct a time line of official responses and actions, and issue a
public report with an accurate and dispassionate analysis of the responses of Minnesota
appointed and elected officials.
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new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Cooperation. new text end

new text begin The commission must be given access to all records and
documents held by any government entity in any way associated with the civil unrest of
May and June 2020. Within their legal and constitutional rights, all elected and appointed
officials must cooperate with requests made by the commission.
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new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Data. new text end

new text begin All materials and information held by or created by the commission must
be public upon completion of the report required in this act.
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Sec. 2. new text beginCOMMISSION STRUCTURE.
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new text begin (a) The chief justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court must appoint a panel of ten neutral
persons who shall make up the Civil Unrest Investigatory Commission. Appointees must
have no current involvement with any political party, have played no role in the events of
May and June 2020, and must have the highest personal probity and ability to command
public confidence. Members must be chosen for their expertise in management of public
crises and their knowledge of government responses to civil unrest.
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new text begin (b) The commission must be established by November 1, 2020. The chief justice must
designate one member of the panel to serve as chair.
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new text begin (c) The chief justice must determine the pay and expenses to be received by the panel.
A member's total pay, not including expenses, may not exceed $1,000.
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new text begin (d) The Office of the Legislative Auditor is appropriated on an open and standing basis
those funds that are, in the determination of the chair of the commission, necessary to meet
the expenses of the panel in conducting duties under this act.
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new text begin (e) The commission may issue subpoenas, take testimony under oath, and hire outside
investigators.
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new text begin (f) The legislative auditor must act as fiscal agent for the commission, and must provide
administrative support to the commission.
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Sec. 3. new text beginDUTIES AND REPORT.
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new text begin (a) The Civil Unrest Investigatory Commission must:
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new text begin (1) conduct and record interviews of all elected and appointed officials who played a
role in the response to civil unrest as it occurred in May and June 2020;
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new text begin (2) establish a timeline of decisions taken and choices made by elected officials, including
the mayors of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, and the governor;
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new text begin (3) conduct a review of the responses of police, national guard, and other responders;
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new text begin (4) create a time line of events, with detailed explanation of choices made by public
officials; and
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new text begin (5) issue a report, no later than August 1, 2021, with findings.
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new text begin (b) The commission may:
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new text begin (1) determine if possible whether actions taken were in accord with the duties of elected
and appointed officials; and
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new text begin (2) suggest best practices that should be considered for future responses in the event of
civil unrest.
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Sec. 4. new text beginEFFECTIVE DATE.
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new text begin This act is effective the day following final enactment.
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