At Issue: January 20 - Stunning revelation in MNLARS update, meet new education, corrections commissioners

January 20, 2019 05:41 PM

Legislative Auditor Makes Stunning Revelation to Lawmakers in MNLARS Update

For the first time in his 35-year career, Legislative Auditor Jim Nobles says he had to issue a subpoena in order to get critical information from a state agency for an upcoming report he is putting together on MNLARS, the troubled licensing and vehicle registration system rolled out in 2017.

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During a legislative hearing Thursday, Nobles says he was working to get information about a recent data breach where private information from about 1,500 drivers had been inadvertently shared with some data companies. The drivers had requested that information stay private. Nobles says he requested information from the Department of Public Safety (DPS) about the data breach to include in his report about MNLARS. When he didn't receive the information in a timely fashion, Nobles says he issued a subpoena to get the information.

A DPS spokesman says the agency notified the 1,500 drivers affected by the breach, adding he doesn't believe the data was used in any malicious way. 

The full report on MNLARS from the Legislative Auditor is set to be released sometime in February.

Meet the New Commissioners for Education, Corrections

Over the next few months, we'll be introducing you to some of the new commissioners appointed by Governor Tim Walz to lead key state agencies. This week, our reporters sat down with Mary Cathryn Ricker, the new Education Commissioner, and Paul Schnell, commissioner for the Department of Corrections. 

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