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What to watch for in Minnesota’s coming legislative session

Here’s a guide to key policy matters that are likely to be addressed and heavily lobbied in the 2013 legislative session.

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Sex offender civil commitment task force holds first meeting

The court-mandated Sex Offender Civil Commitment Advisory Task Force held its initial meeting on Thursday morning at the State Office Building. Former Chief Justice Eric Magnuson is chairing the 20-member panel, which resulted from a federal class-action lawsuit challenging the terms of confinement for more more than 650 individuals indefinitely committed to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program.

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‘He was a kid’: Former juvenile sex offenders languish in MSOP

Timothy Coon could spend his whole life confined to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program for actions he committed as a juvenile. And there are more than 50 others like him inside the walls of MSOP.

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Former Chief Justice Eric Magnuson will lead sex offender task force

Former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Magnuson will lead a 15-member task force charged with recommending reforms for the troubled Minnesota Sex Offender Program. The panel stems from an order in a class-action lawsuit challenging the terms of confinement for more than 650 individuals who are indefinitely detained at facilities in Moose Lake and St. Peter.

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House passes urgency measure for sex offender notification bill

The motion passed off the floor with near unanimous support on Monday, easily garnering the two-thirds majority need to suspend the rules. Current state law does not require any kind of neighborhood notification when a sex offender from the Minnesota Sex Offender program is released to a halfway house.

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Politics, cost derail sex offender policy overhaul

A proposal to overhaul Minnesota’s policies for dealing with dangerous sex offenders looks highly unlikely to gain any legislative traction this year. The politically contentious issue appears to be disappearing from the legislative radar despite months of work by key Republican leaders and officials with the departments of Corrections and Human Services.

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