ST. PAUL, Minn. – Early Tuesday morning, the Minnesota Senate adjourned its second Special Session after acting on policing reforms while failing to pass a bonding bill. Included in the policing reforms was legislation for peer counseling support for first responders. This legislation was carried by Senator Karla Bigham (DFL-Cottage Grove), who released the following statement:
“Our first responders regularly face traumatic experiences on the job that can put a strain on their mental health. By ensuring peer counseling will remain private, we are ensuring that our first responders can get the support they need confidentially. I’m glad to see this legislation included in the reforms we passed, which are a step in the right direction in better policing throughout the state.
I am disappointed that we once again failed to pass a bonding bill. A bonding bill is crucial to putting thousands of Minnesotans to work in good-paying jobs and strengthening our economic recovery, yet once again we have kicked the can down the road in finding the compromise needed to get it done. We must pass a bonding bill in the next special session.”