If the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board won't let the train run on time, Governor Mark Dayton won't punch the board's budget ticket.
Keeping data that tracks where you drive your car is “un-American” and “unconstitutional” says Rep. John Lesch (DFL-St. Paul) He says the retention of License Plate Reader (LPR) records should be zero if they’re “non-hit.”
Police use the automated systems to read license plates as a way of spotting stolen vehicles or cars that might be connected with other crimes. But those cameras also capture data on thousands of people who have committed no crime, but the data can show where they went at any particular day.
Lesch and Rep. Peggy Scott (R-Andover) joined with the Minnesota Coalition on Government Information (MNCOGI) on Wednesday to call for more transparency in government, but still protecting the privacy of individuals. It’s a goal that’s always been fraught with problems, but made even harder with new technologies.
One of those technologies is police body cams. Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges has pushed for police wearing the body cams as a way of making police more accountable for their actions. Lesch says Minnesota needs to create guidelines for the body cams to protect people’s privacy. (more…)
Local governments are getting a pushback from the legislature and governor as the debate over frac sand mining heats up again says a Wabasha City council member.
How much money is it going to take to undo the decades of neglect Minnesota roads have suffered? Governor Mark Dayton's calculation is about $11 billion.