Late Tuesday evening, the Minnesota Senate passed legislation addressing criminal justice and policing reform. In response, Senator Steve Cwodzinski (DFL-Eden Prairie) released the following statement.
Criminal Justice Reform
Senator Greg Clausen (DFL- Apple Valley) voted no on several of the public safety bills that passed the Senate in the late hours of Tuesday, June 16.
On Tuesday, the Minnesota Senate passed five bills related to police accountability measures in response to the murder of George Floyd. Despite attempts by members of the People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus and other DFL members of the Senate to include additional community-led proposals, no additional legislation was considered.
Late Tuesday evening, the Minnesota Senate passed five bills related to criminal justice and policing reform. The legislation, handpicked by Senate Republicans, did not include any meaningful proposals suggested by members of the legislature’s People of Color and Indigenous Caucus, nor did the bills receive an official committee hearing where amendments are normally made to improve and finalize support for bills.
Senator Melisa Franzen, DFL-Edina, released the following statement in response to the weak criminal justice reform bills from the Senate Republicans that were passed off the floor today.
Today, the Minnesota Senate voted on criminal justice reform legislation proposed by Senate Republicans. During the Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy hearing early this morning, all five of the proposed Senate Republican bills were largely criticized for insufficiently addressing racial disparities in our criminal justice system. Senator Jason Isaacson released the following statement.