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 Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, released the following statement:
“The police accountability measures we passed in the early morning hours is a step in the right direction, but it’s certainly not enough. This falls short of the fundamental changes people across Minnesota and the country have demanded. This is progress in the right direction, but we need real, meaningful change within our criminal justice system to hold systems accountable and keep communities safe. Let’s hope this compromised legislation will be the start for future legislation that is making real change and a real difference.
Once again a robust bonding bill that invests in our infrastructure to help Minnesota’s economy and create jobs was not passed during this special session. Republicans continue to use the bonding bill as a bargaining chip, shutting the public and their colleagues out of the conversation. It’s time we put the well-being of Minnesotans in front of these political games.”