Second Special Session Adjourns with Work Still Needed To Be Done – Police Accountability Measures Passed, No Local Jobs and Projects Bill

SAINT PAUL, MN— The Minnesota State Senate adjourned the second 2020 special session early Tuesday morning after passing police accountability measures. The police reform bill is a step in the right direction toward meaningful change within our criminal justice system. Work on a bonding bill, that would create jobs across the state, remained unfinished.

Following adjournment, Senator Foung Hawj released the following statement:

“It’s not enough to pass performative legislation to say we did something. This is a step forward in holding systems accountable, but the conversation cannot stop here. We must continue to work towards a just and fair criminal justice system for all—no exceptions. Every Minnesotan deserves to be and feel safe in their communities and across the state. I will continue to advocate for legislation that accomplishes that with the POCI Caucus members.

In regard to the bonding bill, I am deeply disappointed we adjourned before finishing our work on this important jobs and local projects legislation. The COVID-19 pandemic and the civil unrest after the murder of George Floyd has made the urgency for the rebuilding of our communities and job creation these investments would create, even greater.”

Senator Foung Hawj
Foung Hawj represents District 67, which includes the east side of Saint Paul in Ramsey County in the central Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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