On Monday, members of the Senate DFL caucus joined the Senate People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus in sending a letter to Governor Walz, Speaker Hortman, Leader Gazelka, and other legislative leaders to express their determination to end the persistent racial disparities that plague the state of Minnesota.
In the letter, members of the Senate DFL and Senate POCI Caucus call for immediate negotiations of the Judiciary and Public Safety Budget Bill so that discussions of police reform and accountability are mediated independently from other pieces of legislation and therefore cannot be used as a bargaining chip during budget negotiations. Additionally, POCI Caucus members introduced a deadline of May 3rd for the bill to be sent to the floor of both houses for a vote to ensure that provisions of the Judiciary and Public Safety Budget Bill remain completely separate from all other negotiations.
Please find the letter attached below.
The Senate People of Color & Indigenous (POCI) Caucus includes Sens. Mary Kunesh-Podein (41), Melisa Franzen (49), Foung Hawj (67), Omar Fateh (62), Bobby Joe Champion (59), and Patricia Torres Ray (63).