Senator Simonson Statement on Second Special Session

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Senate adjourned its second Special Session early Monday morning, after having passed a package of policing reforms. However, the Senate adjourned without acting on a bonding bill. In response, Senator Erik Simonson (DFL-Duluth) released the following statement:

“The compromise package of reforms we passed are a step towards better accountability, more civilian oversight, and better policing throughout our state. Our work is not done, however. We have more work to do to in future legislative sessions on addressing disparities in education, health care, jobs, and in other parts of our criminal justice system, and I stand ready with my colleagues to continue this work.

We once again failed to pass a bonding bill, which would be the single best tool for creating thousands of jobs in our state and strengthening our economic recovery from COVID-19. There is simply no excuse for not passing a robust bill that puts Minnesotans back to work. We know another Special Session is likely to be called in August – and we must pass a bonding bill in that session.”

Erik Simonson represents District 7 in northeastern Minnesota.

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