A public safety funding bill that would also expand police reforms cleared a key committee late Thursday in the Democrat-controlled Minnesota House but faces opposition in the Republican-led Senate.   New Hope Representative Cedrick Frazier:

“I’m never wanting to say that all cops are bad, but I am anti-bad-cops. And a lot of what I’m hearing is people are saying that we need to support law enforcement — but it also seems at the expense of supporting bad law enforcement.”

Republicans warn the House public safety budget bill would put unfunded mandates on local law enforcement, automatically expunge numerous violent crimes, and grant activist groups the power to discipline local law enforcement agencies. Cambridge Representative Brian Johnson:

“Chiefs of… Police (Association), Minnesota Sheriffs Association and MPPOA — the largest peace officers’ organization in the state of Minnesota — have all sent letters of opposition to this bill.”