Senate Majority Leader Erin Murphy Says Bill Clarifying Role of School Resource Officers Headed to Senate Floor After Final Committee Approval

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Senate Majority Leader Erin Murphy (DFL- St. Paul) said today that the bill clarifying the role of School Resource Officers (SRO) across Minnesota will now head to the Senate floor after it was approved by the Senate Finance Committee Thursday.

Majority Leader Murphy said the measure, authored by Senator Bonnie Westlin (DFL-Plymouth), is an important part of DFL efforts to ensure all Minnesota schools provide safe environments for students to learn and to prepare them to succeed.  It is the product of months of work, and it won the support of education leaders, law enforcement, and advocates.  Senator Murphy said it is expected to have strong bipartisan support when it reaches the Senate floor after the House passed an identical measure earlier by a vote of 124 to 8.

“This bill will clarify the role of SROs in our schools,” said Majority Leader Murphy, a member of the Finance Committee.  “As this bill has moved forward, DFLers have always insisted it put the safety and well-being of our students first, and help create a learning environment for them to succeed.  I expect wide, bipartisan support when it reaches the Senate floor.”

“This legislation builds on the important work we did in 2023.  As we put it together over many months, and included the voices of many Minnesotans, our top priority has always been our children,” said Senator Westlin.  “Our work to clarify the roles of SROs, has been centered on the belief that our schools are institutions of learning, and that every adult working in our schools should be there to provide a safe and supportive learning environment.  I think we’ve achieved that with the help of many stakeholders and voices, and I’m very pleased it will now move to the full Senate.”

The bill is expected to be on the Senate floor in the coming days.


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