Minnesota Legislature begins considering facial-recognition technology regulations

MinnPost | February 03, 2020

A joint legislative committee has taken the first small steps toward considering what a handful of cities and states around the country have already done regulating or banning the use of facial recognition software by business and government. It was such a small step considered by a subcommittee of the relatively obscure Legislative Coordinating Commission that the chair corrected a witness who called a proposal a “draft of legislation.”

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This plan is the result of the work of many community members and partner agencies helping to move our community Beyond Health to Healthiest Brown County. This Community Health Improvement Plan is the result of that work and represents a long-term plan for improving the health of the county in four priority areas. The success of this plan depends on the Brown County community as a whole to move to a culture that embraces personal and community health. This plan is a call to action. We would like thank all the members who give their time to the CHIP Steering Committee, the participants who were engaged at the community health needs assessment data summit, and those that dedicate their time and talents on the four focus area sub-committees. Members on these selected priority focus areas have met over the course of months to establish the goals, objectives, and strategies described within this plan. We would also like to extend appreciation to the Bellin Health System and Hospital Sisters Health System- St. Vincent/St. Mary’s Hospitals for their leadership on the four priority focus area sub-committees. We thank the Wisconsin Division of Public Health, Aurora BayCare Medical Center and the Brown County United Way for their support on the Steering Committee.


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This plan is the result of the work of many community members and partner agencies helping to move our community Beyond Health to Healthiest Brown County. This Community Health Improvement Plan is the result of that work and represents a long-term plan for improving the health of the county in four priority areas. The success of this plan depends on the Brown County community as a whole to move to a culture that embraces personal and community health. This plan is a call to action. We would like thank all the members who give their time to the CHIP Steering Committee, the participants who were engaged at the community health needs assessment data summit, and those that dedicate their time and talents on the four focus area sub-committees. Members on these selected priority focus areas have met over the course of months to establish the goals, objectives, and strategies described within this plan. We would also like to extend appreciation to the Bellin Health System and Hospital Sisters Health System- St. Vincent/St. Mary’s Hospitals for their leadership on the four priority focus area sub-committees. We thank the Wisconsin Division of Public Health, Aurora BayCare Medical Center and the Brown County United Way for their support on the Steering Committee.

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