In a 33-31 vote, the confirmation of Commerce Commissioner Steve Kelley was not confirmed, ending his service in this role to the state of Minnesota. Senator Ron Latz, DFL-Saint Louis Park, who sits on the Commerce Committee, releases the following… Read More »Senator Latz responds to the Commissioner Kelley confirmation vote
The Minnesota Department of Corrections have notified staff and state leaders about their plan to close the state’s two smallest prisons permanently due to the Department’s budget shortfall and the lack of a supplemental budget bill to address their deficit.… Read More »Two prisons close permanently due to budget shortfall
Second special session adjourns with important but limited police accountability measures and no bonding bill
The Minnesota State Senate adjourned a second special session after passing important but limited police accountability legislation led by the People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) caucus. Unfortunately, work on a robust bonding bill that would create jobs across the state remained unfinished.
Senator Latz, Senator Hayden Respond to Senate Republican Request for Department of Justice Investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department
Senate Republicans called into question the ability of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights to conduct a fair and impartial investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department for civil and human rights abuses. Senators Ron Latz and Jeff Hayden issued the following response.
Today, the Senate Republicans adjourned the 2020 special session before finishing the work that Minnesotans are calling for – a robust bonding bill, meaningful criminal justice legislation, and critical federal funding for local governments.
Senator Ron Latz, DFL-St. Louis Park, the DFL Lead on the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee, released the following statement.