The Minnesota Senate adjourned sine die Wednesday, reacting to a motion by Senate Minority Leader, Susan Kent, to end the inefficient and costly Special Session.. In response Senator Jim Carlson (DFL-Eagan) released the following statement:
“Today’s adjournment brings to a close a special session that was an exhibit of political theater perpetuated by our Senate Republican colleagues. We convened in a special session with the understanding that we were there to complete the state’s budget. While the House adjourned after completing that work, Senate Republicans wasted taxpayer dollars and pursued political stunts, including forcing the resignation of a highly qualified commissioner.
“Laura Bishop was a strong advocate for the people of Minnesota in taking on toxic polluters, expanding the market for clean cars, and understanding the need in tackling the existential crisis of climate change. With her background in the private sector and qualifications, she deserved to be confirmed and should be lauded for her work. Instead, Senate Republicans forced out a qualified public servant, which will only make it more difficult for us to get qualified individuals to accept these positions in the future.
“Again and again, the majority has chosen extreme partisan politics over the leadership that Minnesotans are looking for in the issues facing our state. I am grateful for my Senate DFL colleagues in ensuring that we adjourned instead of continuing this charade.”