On Sunday, April 11, 2021, Daunte Wright was killed by Brooklyn Center police. In response to this devastating event, Senators Isaacson, Wiklund, Johnson Stewart, Eaton, Pappas, Putnam, Dziedzic, Dibble, Carlson, Port, Murphy, Klein, McEwen, Kent, Cwodzinski, Wiger, and Marty release the following statement in support of the Minnesota Senate’s People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus members:
Today, March 9, 2021, Senate DFLers convened a press conference to discuss their priority in this legislative session around investing in our students and schools so that our education system supports all students, regardless of their race, zip code or economic status. Among their education legislative priorities this year is fully funding education to provide relief to districts that were affected this past year due to COVID-19 and to make efforts to close the opportunity gap within Minnesota’s current system.
Thank you for your work to ensure that all Minnesotans voices and perspectives are heard in our state legislature. As we work for the good of all Minnesotans, we write to strongly encourage you to support legislation that we will be introducing alongside Representative Hodan Hassan. This bill makes small changes to ensure that all Minnesotans have full access to the religious freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Minnesota.
On February 18, the Minnesota Senate passed SF 2 to remove a Governor’s ability to order school closures under the peacetime emergency authority provided in Minnesota law. After voting against SF 2, Senator Jason Isaacson released the following statement:
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.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Minnesota Senate convened the seventh special session of the year where they passed a $217 million COVID-19 relief package. After voting in favor of this bill, Senator Jason Isaacson released the following statement.