Bakk Statement on Republican Inaction

Senate DFL Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, released the following statement after Senate Republicans once again refused to hold a public hearing or take public testimony on DFL bills aimed at gun safety.

Senate DFL Launches Clean Energy & Climate Caucus

SAINT PAUL, Minn. — DFL members of the Minnesota Senate today announced the new statewide Senate DFL Clean Energy and Climate Caucus. The new caucus will focus on growing clean energy in Minnesota and combatting the effects of climate change. The caucus includes 29 members of the Senate DFL, including Senate DFL Leader Tom Bakk, […] Read more

In our split Legislature, Senate GOP needs to open up the process

Republicans, the majority in the chamber, have failed to hold public hearings on several important bills, curtailing key input.  Minnesota is one of just two states in the country with a split legislature — one chamber led by a different political party than the other. While this can certainly be frustrating for the party in […] Read more

Minority Leader’s View: Yes, students, it’s time for a conversation

I’m proud of the Minnesota Senate’s long history of supporting our state’s youngest leaders. Among other events, the Senate arranges its schedule each year to facilitate the YMCA’s Youth in Government Model Assembly, which encourages students to be active participants in their governance, not bystanders. The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Monday was a sharp departure […] Read more