Children at least age 10 in foster care might have to be informed of their right to a no-cost attorney in a juvenile proceeding.
A court would also have to appoint counsel for a child’s parent, guardian or custodian in cases when the parent meets certain income guidelines. There is an exception when the sole basis for a proceeding is habitual truancy.
Passed 130-0, as amended, Thursday, the bill now moves to the Senate, where Sen. Jerry Relph (R-St. Cloud) is the sponsor.
The House adopted two Kresha-sponsored amendments. The first made small changes which Kresha said would help the bill match its Senate companion. The second amendment would term the bill “McKenna’s Law.”
That is a reference to 12-year-old McKenna Ahrenholz who provided powerful testimony in support of the bill as it progressed through the committee process.
Kresha called her “the champion” of the bill, and read at length the testimony she had given in committee, in which she described her harrowing experience in the foster care system. That only changed after she and her siblings asked a judge for an attorney.
Members gave Ahrenholz, who was in the House Gallery with her siblings and grandparents, a round of applause.
The bill also contains a provision outlining how a child may waive his or her right to an attorney.
The Minnesota Supreme Court has ordered the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton to use mediation to resolve a funding dispute. In an opinion issued Friday, the court also ruled that Dayton’s use of the line-item veto to strip biennial funding for the Legislature was constitutional.
A Ramsey County judge on Wednesday ruled that Gov. Mark Dayton’s line-item veto of legislative funding violated the state’s constitution.
House and Senate leadership OK a resolution to seek outside legal representation in an effort to restore funding for the Legislature that Gov. Mark Dayton line-item vetoed earlier this week.
Day three of the 2017 special session saw lawmakers pass final omnibus bills to be sent to Gov. Mark Dayton, with weary House members wrapping up their work at 2:42 a.m. Friday following a week of long days — and nights — at the State Capitol.
Lawmakers on conference committees must sort through competing bills before finalizing a product to send to the governor.
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