Throughout the pandemic, Minnesotans relied on our state parks to help get them through some challenging times and to use them as a bargaining chip in budget negotiations is not how the Senate should be doing business.”
Senate POCI Caucus & Senate DFL members demand immediate negotiations of the Omnibus Judiciary and Public Safety Budget Bill
On Monday, members of the Senate DFL caucus joined the Senate People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus in sending a letter to Governor Walz, Speaker Hortman, Leader Gazelka, and other legislative leaders to express their determination to end the persistent racial disparities that plague the state of Minnesota.
Senators Hawj and Bigham praise the U.S. Senate for passing legislation to combat discrimination against Asian-Americans
On Thursday, April 22nd the United States Senate passed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act (S. 937) by a resounding and bipartisan majority with a vote of 94-1. The legislation takes several steps to address hate crimes against Asian Americans, which… Read More »Senators Hawj and Bigham praise the U.S. Senate for passing legislation to combat discrimination against Asian-Americans
On Tuesday, April 20, the jury reached a guilty verdict on all charges in the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd. The Minnesota People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus released the following statement:
On Tuesday, the Minnesota Senate passed SF 971, the 2021 omnibus Legacy Finance bill, by a unanimous vote. In 2008, Minnesota voters took a bold step to preserve Minnesota’s legacy by investing in four key areas: clean water, outdoor heritage, arts and culture, and parks and trails. The Legacy Amendment generates funding to support projects in these four areas.
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.