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Cal Ludeman, a former Gov. Tim Pawlenty appointee and current Secretary of the Senate, heavily edited a report to the Legislature on the state's sex-offender program, according to a report published Tuesday in the Star Tribune.

Report: Ludeman edited sex offender report

Cal Ludeman

Cal Ludeman

Cal Ludeman, a former Gov. Tim Pawlenty appointee and current Secretary of the Senate, heavily edited a report to the Legislature on the state’s sex-offender program, according to a report published Tuesday in the Star Tribune.

According to the story, Ludeman redacted more than 35 parts of the 63-page report, including passages that called for different policies when it came to alternative sentencing for sex offenders.

Ludeman told the paper he edited the report because “it was promising too much,” and that the Pawlenty administration preferred a hard-line approach to sex-offender disciplinary action as opposed to the alternative measures discussed in the report.

DFL Sen. Linda Berglin, in the story, said she was angry that Ludeman’s editing had the effect of withholding information from the Legislature at a time when sex offender spending was being heavily scrutinized at the Capitol.

When Ludeman was picked by Senate Republicans in December to be secretary, DFLers criticized Ludeman’s partisan background, something likely to heighten in the wake of the Star Tribune’s story.


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