Republican lawmakers are trying to override a special panel which capped probation at five years for some felony offenses in Minnesota. Maple Grove Senator Warren Limmer contends the Sentencing Guidelines Commission did not follow proper procedure:
“To have a member say, let’s just move on it now and get it over with — kinda that almost cavalier attitude.”
Commission Chair Kelly Mitchell acknowledged the process was not pretty and she could have handled it better, but says:
“We have a long process of public input for any issue before a policy becomes final, and so I think that process cures any defect in the initial way that the proposal may have been brought forward.”
The dispute has become a lightning rod for continued disagreement between Republicans and Democrats over the length of prison sentences in Minnesota.