State lawmakers efforts follow the death of a Rochester man who died of a drug overdose while working as a confidential information for RPD.
Lawmakers consider Matthew's law, based on Rochester man's death
A medical state lawmakers are considering ways to better protect confidential informants.
Their efforts follow the death of a rochester man who died of a drug overdose while working as a confidential informant for kimt news three's anthony monzon joins us live with more on what lawmakers are considering.
Well katie and george... that man's name is matthew klaus... and this is his photo right behind me.
Matthew's passing in 2019 lead to calls for more protections for confidential informants.
Now state lawmakers are taking up that call... considering companion bills in the house and senate named after him.
Matthew's mother denise klaus is urging those lawmakers to consider the bills seriously.
"matthew was a son, a father, a brother, and a friend, and a bill like this would have better protected him, and maybe we all wouldn't be still grieving him today."
Matthew's law aims to secure better training and protections for informants.... and would require experts create a model policy on the use of informants for law enforcement agencies across the state.
State senator david senjem... who presented the bill to the senate judiciary committee... says confidential informants take on tremendous risk for their communities... "if it were an officer of the law that was in fact working under cover, they would be protected with all kinds of life insurance, worker's compensation insurance, everything that we could give them from the standpoint of offering protection.
Matthew was offered a 100?
"* dollar bill, and that seems a little out of step with my moral taste."
And state senator senjem says matthew's law is already on its way to the senate floor in saint paul... and expects the bill to pass with overwhelming support.
Senator senjem is also optimistic about its prospects in the house.
Thank you anthony.
State lawmakers considered similar legislation during last year's session... but senator senjem says the emergence of coronavirus