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299C.46 CRIMINAL JUSTICE DATA COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK.
    Subdivision 1. Establishment; interconnection. The commissioner of public safety shall
establish a criminal justice data communications network which will enable the interconnection
of the criminal justice agencies within the state into a unified criminal justice information system.
The commissioner of public safety is authorized to lease or purchase facilities and equipment as
may be necessary to establish and maintain the data communications network.
    Subd. 2. Criminal justice agency defined. For the purposes of sections 299C.46 to 299C.49,
"criminal justice agency" means an agency of the state or an agency of a political subdivision
charged with detection, enforcement, prosecution, adjudication or incarceration in respect to the
criminal or traffic laws of this state. This definition also includes all sites identified and licensed
as a detention facility by the commissioner of corrections under section 241.021.
    Subd. 2a. Noncriminal justice agency defined. For the purposes of sections 299C.46 to
299C.49, "noncriminal justice agency" means an agency of a state or an agency of a political
subdivision of a state charged with the responsibility of performing checks of state databases
connected to the criminal justice data communications network.
    Subd. 3. Authorized use, fee. (a) The criminal justice data communications network shall be
used exclusively by:
(1) criminal justice agencies in connection with the performance of duties required by law;
(2) agencies investigating federal security clearances of individuals for assignment or
retention in federal employment with duties related to national security, as required by Public
Law 99-169;
(3) other agencies to the extent necessary to provide for protection of the public or property
in an emergency or disaster situation;
(4) noncriminal justice agencies statutorily mandated, by state or national law, to conduct
checks into state databases prior to disbursing licenses or providing benefits;
(5) the public authority responsible for child support enforcement in connection with the
performance of its duties;
(6) the public defender, as provided in section 611.272; and
(7) a county attorney or the attorney general, as the county attorney's designee, for the
purpose of determining whether a petition for the civil commitment of a proposed patient as a
sexual psychopathic personality or as a sexually dangerous person should be filed, and during
the pendency of the commitment proceedings.
(b) The commissioner of public safety shall establish a monthly network access charge to be
paid by each participating criminal justice agency. The network access charge shall be a standard
fee established for each terminal, computer, or other equipment directly addressable by the data
communications network, as follows: January 1, 1984 to December 31, 1984, $40 connect fee per
month; January 1, 1985 and thereafter, $50 connect fee per month.
(c) The commissioner of public safety is authorized to arrange for the connection of the data
communications network with the criminal justice information system of the federal government,
any adjacent state, or Canada.
    Subd. 4. Commissioner administers and coordinates. The commissioner of public safety
shall administer the data communications network and shall coordinate matters relating to its use
by other state agencies and political subdivisions. The commissioner shall receive the assistance
of the commissioner of administration on matters involving the department of administration
and its information systems division. Other state department or agency heads shall assist the
commissioner where necessary in the performance of the commissioner's duties under this section.
    Subd. 5. Diversion program data. Counties operating diversion programs under section
401.065 shall supply to the bureau of criminal apprehension the names of and other identifying
data specified by the bureau concerning diversion program participants. Notwithstanding section
299C.11, the bureau shall maintain the names and data in the computerized criminal history system
for 20 years from the date of the offense. Data maintained under this subdivision are private data.
    Subd. 6. Orders for protection and no contact orders. The data communications network
must include orders for protection issued under section 518B.01 and no contact orders issued
under section 629.715, subdivision 4. A no contact order must be accompanied by a photograph of
the offender for the purpose of enforcement of the order, if a photograph is available and verified
by the court to be an image of the defendant.
History: 1965 c 903 s 1; 1967 c 334 s 2; 1977 c 424 s 1; 1983 c 293 s 92; 1986 c 444; 1987
c 166 s 1; 1993 c 326 art 10 s 8; 1996 c 440 art 1 s 51; 1997 c 159 art 2 s 44,45; 1997 c 203
art 6 s 31; 2000 c 377 s 4; 2001 c 167 s 1; 2007 c 54 art 4 s 1