SAINT PAUL, MN— The Minnesota State Senate adjourned the second 2020 special session early Tuesday morning after passing police accountability measures. The police reform bill is a step in the right direction toward meaningful change within our criminal justice system. Work on a bonding bill, that would create jobs across the state, remained unfinished.
Following adjournment, Senator Foung Hawj released the following statement:
“It’s not enough to pass performative legislation to say we did something. This is a step forward in holding systems accountable, but 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. I will continue to advocate for legislation that accomplishes that with the POCI Caucus members.
In regard to the bonding bill, I am deeply disappointed we adjourned before finishing our work on this important jobs and local projects legislation. The COVID-19 pandemic and the civil unrest after the murder of George Floyd has made the urgency for the rebuilding of our communities and job creation these investments would create, even greater.”