Senate Republicans missed opportunity to create real change

SAINT PAUL, Minn.— The Senate majority adjourned Saturday morning without completion of work on significant criminal justice and policing reform.

Senator Melisa Franzen, DFL-Edina, released the following statement in response:

“The importance of yesterday, Juneteenth, is not lost upon millions of Black and Brown Americans across the country. Juneteenth celebrates the abolishment of slavery in 1865, and the start of a new path forward for our country.

But today is a new day of reckoning. It is a day where Americans should commit to learning about the historic injustices that Black and Brown Americans have faced and acknowledge the paths we still need to take for true freedom and justice for all.

Today, the last day of this special session was a lost opportunity to address systemic injustice in our public safety laws. We missed the opportunity to have citizen involvement in the change they want to see in their communities. We missed the opportunity to rebuild trust with our law enforcement and communities of color … instead, the Senate Republicans decided to stick with their self-imposed deadline to adjourn and went home with work left to be done. Work that would have made some real change in this state.”

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Melisa Franzen represents District 49 in the southwest Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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