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S.F. No. 397 - Blue Alert System (Second Engrossment)
 
Author: Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen
 
Prepared By: Chris Turner, Senate Fiscal Analyst (651/296-4350)
Stephanie James, Senate Counsel (651/296-0103)
 
Date: February 26, 2015



 

The bill provides for the creation of a Blue Alert system to disseminate urgent information to the public to aid in identifying, locating, and apprehending an individual suspected of killing or injuring a law enforcement officer.

Section 1, subdivision 1 directs the Commissioner of Public Safety, in coordination with law enforcement agencies and television and radio broadcasters, to establish a Blue Alert system to disseminate urgent information to the public to aid in identifying, locating, and apprehending an individual suspected of killing or injuring a law enforcement officer.

Subdivision 2 directs the commissioner, in consultation with specified agencies, to develop and to adopt criteria and procedures for the system by October 1, 2015.

Subdivision 3 directs the commissioner to regularly review the function of the system and make changes as needed.

Subdivision 4 provides that the system will include all public agencies capable of quickly disseminating information to the public and any private entities that volunteer to participate.

Subdivision 5 authorizes the commissioner to notify authorities and entities outside of the state once the system is established.

Subdivision 6 provides that a person who knowingly makes a false report that triggers the system is guilty of a misdemeanor.

 
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