On January 6, 2021, demonstrators in Washington, D.C., vandalized public buildings, endangered the lives of lawmakers, staff, and the general public, and jeopardized the peaceful transfer of Presidential power.
Earlier today, violent supporters of President Trump breached the US Capitol complex leading to significant damage, injuries, and at least one confirmed death by gunshot. The chaotic and dangerous scene also halted the congressional certification of the Electoral College.
The 2021 Legislative Session began Tuesday, January 5 with the swearing-in of the new and returning members of the Minnesota Legislature. State Senator Foung Hawj (DFL-St. Paul) will be returning for a third term as the Senator for Senate District 67.
Late last night, Senators Melisa Franzen (SD 49), Nick Frentz (SD 19), and Foung Hawj (SD 67) were elected by the Senate DFL caucus to serve as their assistant leaders.
Second Special Session Adjourns with Work Still Needed To Be Done – Police Accountability Measures Passed, No Local Jobs and Projects Bill
The Minnesota State Senate adjourned the second 2020 special session early Tuesday morning after passing police accountability measures. The police reform bill is a step in the right direction toward meaningful change within our criminal justice system. Work on a bonding bill, that would create jobs across the state, remained unfinished.
Members of the People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus in the Minnesota Legislature issued the following statement in response to Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka’s Thursday morning press conference.