Sen. Hawj

Senator Hawj offers amendment to reduce hate crimes

Today on the Senate Floor Senator Hawj introduced an amendment as part of S.F. 970, the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety omnibus finance bill. Senator Hawj’s amendment would have provided the Department of Human Rights resources to strengthen the reporting of bias incidents. This reporting and data collection would then have been used by the Department and the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) to help develop training manuals to strengthen law enforcement’s ability to identify and respond to hate crimes.

Minnesota Asian Pacific Caucus Issue Statement on Atlanta Shooting

On Tuesday, March 16, a series of shootings took place across several Atlanta massage parlors resulting in the deaths of eight people, several of whom were of Asian descent. While the motives of the shooter have not been made clear, there is a strong possibility that this was a hate crime. The Minnesota Asian Pacific (MAP) Caucus released the following statement:

Senate DFL calls for passage of SR 21

Beginning in the first days after an attempted insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, members of the Senate DFL have called for a resolution to condemn the violence at the U.S. Capitol and affirm the Minnesota Legislature’s support for democracy, rule of law, and free and fair elections.