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Minnesota Rep. Dan Schoen of St. Paul Park discusses a bill heard in a Tuesday, March 11, committee meeting about making it more difficult for police to track mobile phones. Schoen is a Cottage Grove police officer. (Forurm News Service photo by Don Davis)

Bills regulate government tracking of mobile phones

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans might be surprised to learn that the government can track their movements.

"They are literally shocked that the government can access the location of your cell phone without notice," Rep. Joe Atkins, D-Inver Grove Heights, said Tuesday before a state House committee approved two bills to make it harder for law enforcement agencies to follow mobile phones and, thus, their owners.

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