Original Senate target: $150 million (to pay for 6th year of reinsurance) Global target: $16 million The conference committee on the omnibus Energy and Commerce bill met six times during regular session and adopted a handful of provisions, including: Extending… Read More »Commerce and Energy Omnibus Policy and Finance still unfinished
Senator Ron Latz (DFL-Saint Louis Park), ranking DFL Lead on the Judiciary and Public Safety Committee releases the following statement in regards to the police reform hearings that Senate Republicans have promised to hold this session:
The Omnibus Budget and Policy Bill passed the Minnesota Senate on Tuesday on a vote of 39-27. The bill provides no additional money for Housing, which was disappointing for many DFLers. It also includes legislation that provides an offramp for… Read More »Housing Omnibus Budget and Policy Bill passes off the Senate Floor
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.
The Senate passed the agriculture budget omnibus bill this week. The Agriculture Committee was given $40 million to put towards expanding border-to-border broadband, but no other new or increased funding for the budget was included to support Minnesota’s farmers. The… Read More »Agriculture Committee budget lacking in support for farmers
Dr. B. Robert Lewis took office in 1973 as the first African American Senator to serve in the Minnesota State Senate. He would go on to serve for six years, from 1973 to 1979. Dr. Lewis had moved to St.… Read More »Highlighting Black history: Dr. B. Robert Lewis