ST. PAUL, Minn.—State Sen. Ron Latz has been named chair of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee. The Judiciary Committee has jurisdiction over all legislation related to the policies of the judiciary, human rights, family law, civil remedies, criminal law and policy.
Sen. Latz was re-elected to a third term representing Senate District 46 Nov. 6.
“I’m honored to have been named to head this committee,” Sen. Latz said. “I served as the DFL lead on the committee the past two years and know we have a lot of work to do to move the state forward on some very important issues.”
Sen. Latz said one of the areas he intends to focus on is the St. Paul Crime lab controversy.
“I want to focus on concerns with the St. Paul Crime lab and determine how we can make changes that will benefit law enforcement in Minnesota,” he said. “This will be a major issue as we convene the legislative session on Jan. 8.”
Senate Majority Leader-designate Tom Bakk noted that Sen. Latz’s extensive experience with legal issues will help him as he moves forward as committee chair.
“With his legal background and experience, I know Sen. Latz will do an outstanding job leading this committee,” said Sen. Bakk. “I have always appreciated his insight and tenacity in dealing with complex legal and judicial issues facing the legislature.”