SAINT PAUL, Minn.—Today, the Senate Republicans adjourned the 2020 special session before finishing the work that Minnesotans are calling for – a meaningful transformation of community safety and criminal justice, infrastructure and transit, and crucial federal funding for local governments crushed under the response to COVID-19.
Senator Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, released the following statement:
“There is no reason we had to adjourn before the work was finished. This was an artificial deadline from the Senate Republican majority. Senate DFLers were prepared to stay in session until the work was completed. Minnesotans deserve that from their state leaders.
After the brutal murder of George Floyd, the world has been watching and wondering what we as a state are going to do to make meaningful, systemic change to the institutional racism that has marginalized and killed generations of Black men and women. The People of Color and Indigenous people (POCI) caucus, listening to the cries of our community, offered a comprehensive package of bills. The Senate Republicans completely cut out and disregarded the voices of the POCI caucus and instead pushed through five very weak public safety bills that ignored racial inequities and the overarching problems present in our criminal justice system.
The COVID-19 pandemic and civil unrest after the murder of George Floyd has made the urgency for rebuilding our communities, saving small businesses, and creating much-needed jobs through a robust bonding bill should not have been left on the table. There is absolutely no reason this work could not have been finished. Minnesota deserves better.”