Public Safety and Judiciary bill the first on its way to Dayton’s desk

The $1.8 billion Public Safety and the Judiciary bill, containing cuts to the state Department of Human Rights and legal and civil services, became the first to fully pass in Tuesday’s special session.

The bill spends $28.5 million more than the original GOP proposal and increases funding for public defenders and Minnesota’s courts. In the compromise, however, Gov. Mark Dayton lost $14.5 million in spending included in his proposal.

Large cuts proposed for the state Department of Human Rights and the Office of Justice were eased in negotiations between the GOP and the governor. The bill, which passed 77-51, garnered more DFL support than other budget legislation in the early going.

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