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Senators Hawj and Bigham praise the U.S. Senate for passing legislation to combat discrimination against Asian-Americans

On Thursday, April 22nd the United States Senate passed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act (S. 937) by a resounding and bipartisan majority with a vote of 94-1. The legislation takes several steps to address hate crimes against Asian Americans, which… Read More »Senators Hawj and Bigham praise the U.S. Senate for passing legislation to combat discrimination against Asian-Americans

Senate passes Legacy Finance omnibus budget bill

On Tuesday, the Minnesota Senate passed SF 971, the 2021 omnibus Legacy Finance bill, by a unanimous vote. In 2008, Minnesota voters took a bold step to preserve Minnesota’s legacy by investing in four key areas: clean water, outdoor heritage, arts and culture, and parks and trails. The Legacy Amendment generates funding to support projects in these four areas.

Senator Hawj offers amendment to reduce hate crimes

Today on the Senate Floor Senator Hawj introduced an amendment as part of S.F. 970, the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety omnibus finance bill. Senator Hawj’s amendment would have provided the Department of Human Rights resources to strengthen the reporting of bias incidents. This reporting and data collection would then have been used by the Department and the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) to help develop training manuals to strengthen law enforcement’s ability to identify and respond to hate crimes.

Minnesota Asian Pacific Caucus Issue Statement on Atlanta Shooting

On Tuesday, March 16, a series of shootings took place across several Atlanta massage parlors resulting in the deaths of eight people, several of whom were of Asian descent. While the motives of the shooter have not been made clear, there is a strong possibility that this was a hate crime. The Minnesota Asian Pacific (MAP) Caucus released the following statement: