SAINT PAUL, MN— The Minnesota State Senate adjourned a second special session after passing foundational police accountability legislation led by the People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) caucus. Unfortunately, work on a robust bonding bill that would create jobs across the state remained unfinished.
Following adjournment, Senator Melisa Franzen, DFL-Edina, released the following statement:
“I’m pleased we took a first step in the right direction on police reform and accountability on a bipartisan basis. However, our work is not done. I remain committed to working with my colleagues in the POCI caucus and the public to shape meaningful legislation to dismantle racism and the systemic inequities that keep Minnesotans behind.
I am deeply disappointed that we adjourned before our work was finished on a strong bonding bill that would create local jobs and projects. Republicans continue to use the bonding bill as a bargaining chip while shutting the public and their colleagues out of the conversation. Senate DFLers refuse to become comfortable with the idea that political posturing is more important than the well-being of Minnesotans.”