Senator Ron Latz (DFL-St. Louis Park), the ranking DFL Lead on the Judiciary and Public Safety Committee and a conferee on the conference committee for the Judiciary and Public Safety Budget releases the following statement:
Senator Ron Latz (DFL-St. Louis Park), the DFL lead on the Judiciary and Public Safety Committee, was appointed to serve on the Judiciary and Public Safety Conference Committee.
Senator Ron Latz (DFL-Saint Louis Park), ranking DFL Lead on the Judiciary and Public Safety Committee releases the following statement in regards to the police reform hearings that Senate Republicans have promised to hold this session:
It was announced Tuesday afternoon that a guilty verdict had been found by the jury in the case of State of Minnesota v. Derek Michael Chauvin on all three of the counts of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.
The Minnesota Senate passed the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Omnibus budget bill Thursday, which provides $70 million, after making some accounting changes and funding Disaster Assistance, in new funding for the courts and Guardian Ad Litem program as well as other programs in the committee’s jurisdiction for employee compensation and health insurance costs.
In wake of Daunte Wright death, Senate DFLers call for passage of further police accountability and criminal justice reforms
Following the police killing of Daunte Wright, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka announced that the Senate Judiciary and Transportation Committees would host “fact finding” public safety hearings in the next two weeks. Despite promising to discuss additional public safety, criminal justice, and police accountability measures following the passage of initial reforms last July, these hearings will be the first to discuss public safety issues in the 2021 Legislative Session.