SAINT PAUL, MN— 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.
Following adjournment, Senator Ron Latz, DFL-Saint Louis Park, released the following statement:
“These police accountability measures are a good starting point, but there is a lot of work left to do to prevent excessive use of force by police officers. As the ranking DFL member of the Judiciary Committee, I believe this small step in holding systems accountable will move us slowly forward. Yet the conversation cannot stop here. We must continue to work towards a just and fair criminal justice system for all—no exceptions. Every Minnesotan deserves to be and feel safe in their communities and across the state. Senate DFLers will continue to advocate for legislation that accomplishes that.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made the urgency to pass a robust bonding bill to invest in our economy and create jobs even greater. Passing a strong bonding bill will fund critical infrastructure projects and state programs to jumpstart economic recovery and growth and help communities. Yet, the second special session adjourned without bringing a bonding bill to the Senate floor. A delay of even one month will limit or end some construction projects our communities desperately need in this construction season. And holding the bonding bill hostage over the Governor’s health emergency powers – as the Republicans are doing – is cynical and dangerous.”