SAINT PAUL, Minn. — Senate DFL Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, released the following statement after Senate Republicans once again refused to hold a public hearing or take public testimony on DFL bills aimed at gun safety.
“Not one bill aimed at gun violence prevention was even considered in the Senate this year. That means there was not one opportunity for senators or the public to share their views or offer amendments to make the bills better. Support for any new laws will depend on these public conversations.
“I believe we can find common ground somewhere on two DFL proposals to prevent gun violence and protect our communities and children. However, if we’re going to do that, we need to air our differences out in the committee process rather than on Twitter and cable news. That’s how our government should work.
“I look forward to continuing to work with Sen. Latz on these two DFL bills in 2020 and I support our DFL members and allies who deserve to be part of this process.”