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                            CHAPTER 200-S.F.No. 2231 
                  An act relating to peace officers; clarifying when a 
                  peace officer may recoup attorney fees and costs in a 
                  civilian complaint proceeding; amending Minnesota 
                  Statutes 2002, section 471.44, subdivision 2. 
        BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
           Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 471.44, 
        subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 2.  [COSTS IN DEFENSE OF CIVILIAN COMPLAINTS.] A home 
        rule charter or statutory city, town, or county that establishes 
        a peace officer civilian review authority to review civilian 
        complaints about alleged peace officer misconduct shall pay the 
        reasonable costs of legal counsel and reasonable fees incurred 
        by the officer in defending against a complaint after probable 
        cause is found if the complaint is a finding that the complaint 
        is sustained by the authority, and if the complaint is 
        subsequently not upheld at a hearing before the authority.  If a 
        complaint against a peace officer is sustained, no payment may 
        be made under this subdivision. 
           Presented to the governor May 13, 2004 
           Signed by the governor May 15, 2004, 9:55 p.m.