Senator Oumou Verbeten Applauds Governor Walz for Signing CROWN Act and State Juneteenth Holiday into Law

Senator Clare Oumou Verbeten attends ceremonial bill signing

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – On Friday, Governor Tim Walz signed legislation banning racial discrimination based on natural hair and legislation establishing June 19, Juneteenth, as a state holiday. 

Following the bill signing, Senator Clare Oumou Verbeten (DFL – St. Paul), who served as a co-author on the CROWN Act, released the following statement:

“Today is a historic day for Minnesota. By signing these bills into law, we are taking steps to ensure that Minnesotans can live as their authentic selves, without fear of discrimination, while also recognizing the importance of Juneteenth as a holiday worth acknowledging. I’m proud of the work that so many people put into these bills, and will continue to work to move forward on these issues.” 


Senator Clare Oumou Verbeten represents Senate District 66 which includes Falcon Height, Lauderdale, Roseville, and St. Paul. She is vice chair of the Judiciary and Public Safety Committee, and serves on the Education Finance Committee, Higher Education Committee, and the Labor Committee.

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