SAINT PAUL, Minn. – 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, released the following statement:
“The Senate majority decided to adjourn with their self-imposed deadline before finishing the work that Minnesotans are asking us to do – create more jobs, fix our infrastructure, reform the criminal justice system. Minnesota wants more from their state leaders.
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 robust bonding bill will fund critical infrastructure projects and state programs to jumpstart economic recovery and growth and help communities. Yet, the Senate majority decided to adjourn the special session without bringing a bonding bill to the Senate floor.
With the state, nation, and world watching us, we should not adjourn before the work is finished to transform the state’s criminal justice system. The Senate Republicans’ lack of recognition to see Minnesota has the opportunity to pass resounding change is further proof that they are not capable of leading us at this moment. The murder of George Floyd by the knee of a police officer is not a freak accident or an isolated incident. The time is now to take steps toward creating systemic and structural change, not to adjourn with work still left to be done.”