ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Senate adjourned early Saturday morning, failing to finish work on a bonding bill or to pass criminal justice and policing reform. In response, Senator Jim Carlson (DFL-Eagan) released the following statement.
“This week’s special session followed an all too familiar pattern that was set by the Senate Majority in our regular session – mismanagement of limited time, a lack of transparency, and no effort to engage with their DFL colleagues.
In criminal justice and policing, five bills were handpicked by the majority, without the input of the DFL members on the Judiciary Committee or those who represent communities most affected by police abuse, and none of these bills were heard in an official hearing.
One informational hearing, with no official action, in a one-week special session is a failure of the legislative process to understand these bills, and a disservice of our oath and responsibility to Minnesotans. These bills deserve scrutiny, and our constituents deserve to hear their Senators debate them on their merits.
This special session did not have to fail – but the actions of the Senate Majority set it up to. Facing a global pandemic, and now an uprising for social justice in response to the murder of George Floyd, we should be meeting this work head-on, and not adjourn without doing the work demanded of us in this moment. To compare this special session to others in the past is an insult to the moment that has been thrust upon us.”