U.S. District Court Judge Joan Ericksen has dismissed claims against the state stemming from the actions of a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources employee who improperly accessed data on more than 5,000 individuals.
Gov. Mark Dayton defended the roll out of MNsure, the state’s not-yet operating health insurance exchange program, after a data breach raised concerns about the security of the system, and he said he's looking to change state law next year to deal with an uptick in state employees breaching private driver's license data.
The Advisory Committee on Capitol Security used its second hearing to take public testimony on whether lawmakers should enforce tougher rules on carrying firearms in the Capitol. Nearly 30 people signed up to testify on the issue, many of them supporters of current state law that allows permit holders to carry guns in the building if they notify the Public Safety Department or Capitol Security.
Sen. Julianne Ortman said she expects former Sen. Ellen Anderson's appointment will be rejected.
Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed Maple Grove police chief Ramona Dohman as the next commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Dohman is the immediate past president of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association and has served on the statewide Board of Peace Officers Standards and Training since 2004.