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Legislative Task Force to Review the Background Study Process

Active dates:1997-1998

Evaluate current systems for background studies completed in programs licensed by the Department of Human Services and the Department of Health. Evaluate the appropriateness of: disqualifying an individual when a state or county agency has determined that, in the absence of a criminal conviction, there is a preponderance of evidence the individual committed a disqualifying crime; due process available to a disqualified individual; standardizing disqualifying characteristics across all services licensed by the Department of Human Services and the Department of Health.


According to the May 1998 report: "The Commissioner of Human Services appointed 53 people to the task force who are representatives of the stakeholders identified in the above legislation. The Speaker of the House and the Rules and Administration Subcommittee on Committees in the Senate appointed three members from each body to the task force. However, the task force was not convened by the chairs. This report is, therefore, limited to the perspective of the commissioner of human services and is intended to serve as background information on these topics. The report also includes information regarding court decisions made on these issues. The commissioner does not recommend any changes in the current systems for background studies."

Subordinate to:
Department of Human Services

The task force consists of at least six legislators, appointed by the House and Senate, and other members appointed by the commissioner of human services.

The following legislators served on the task force: Representatives Fran Bradley, Lee Greenfield, and Linda Wejcman; and Senators Leo Foley, Sheila Kiscaden, and David Ten Eyck. More than 50 additional individuals, appointed by the commissioner of human services, served on the task force.

Note: The Legislative Reference Library may have additional reports on or by this group available through our catalog.
News clippings and documents. Agencies Notebook Collection, no date.
Record last updated: 04/05/2023

All information on this group from the Library’s collection of agency notebooks has been digitized. These materials are incorporated into the “documents/articles” section of the record. Please contact a librarian with any questions. The Minnesota Agencies database is a work in progress.

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