Driving While Impaired Working Group
Active dates:May 16, 2000 - 2001
Function: The working group shall study and make recommendations on the implementation of a felony-level impaired driving penalty. The working group shall study how other states address repeat impaired driving offenders, including how the crimes and penalties are statutorily defined, how these offenders are incarcerated and supervised, how their chemical dependency treatment needs are addressed, and any research on the effectiveness of these measures.
By September 1, 2000, the working group shall forward its final report to the chairs and ranking minority members of the senate and house of representatives committees and divisions having jurisdiction over criminal justice policy and funding.
A 1999 Joint Interim DWI Task Force was established by Rep.Rich Stanek and Sen.Allan Spear, chairs of the House and Senate Crime Prevention Committees, to address the problems public safety and criminal justice practitioners were having implementing MN DWI laws. The Task Force was co- chaired by Rep. Doug Fuller and Sen. Dave Johnson, and was made up of members from each of the two committees and practitioners with expertise in the DWI area. The Task Force developed a recodification of state DWI laws, which was enacted by the 2000 legislature. Chapter 478 of 2000 Minn. Laws established the the Minnesota Impaired Driving Code, as well as establishing this Working Group. Rep. Doug Fuller and Sen. Dave Johnson sponsored the legislation (HF2995/SF2677).
Joint Interim DWI Task Force
Membership shall include: Two members of the senate, one from the majority caucus and one from the minority caucus, chosen by the subcommittee on committees of the senate committee on rules and administration;
(2) two members of the house of representatives, one from the majority caucus and one from the minority caucus, chosen by the speaker of the house;
(3) the commissioner of corrections;
(4) the commissioner of public safety;
(5) the commissioner of finance;
(6) the attorney general;
(7) the chief justice of the Minnesota supreme court;
(8) the executive director of the sentencing guidelines commission;
(9) two county attorneys, one from a metropolitan county and one from a nonmetropolitan county, chosen by the Minnesota county attorney's association;
(10) one city attorney, chosen by the league of Minnesota cities;
(11) two public defenders, one from a metropolitan county and one from a nonmetropolitan county, chosen by the state public defender;
(12) one sheriff, chosen by the Minnesota sheriff's association;
(13) two county commissioners, one from a metropolitan county and one from a nonmetropolitan county, chosen by the
association of Minnesota counties;
(14) one head of a community corrections agency, chosen by the chairs of the senate crime prevention and judiciary budget division and the house judiciary finance committee;
(15) one probation officer, chosen by the Minnesota association of community corrections act counties; and
(16) one representative of a chemical dependency treatment program, chosen by the commissioner of human services.
Minutes of the Joint Interim Driving While Impaired Task Force have been transferred to Minnesota History Center Archives.
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