Sen. Susan Kent

Senator Kent responds to Senator Gazelka removing COVID-19 safety protocols on Senate floor

With a little over a week to go in this year’s legislative session, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka announced on the Senate floor today that he will end all COVID-19 safety protocols on the Senate floor, beginning next week. This includes allowing all members back to the Senate floor at the same time, without social distancing, and without masks. This would go into effect before the restrictions have officially been lifted for other Minnesota workplaces.

Senator Kent responds to senators’ letter to legislative leaders urging prioritization of police reform and equity

Today, a number of Senate DFL senators, including those who are members of the Senate People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) caucus, sent a letter to Governor Walz and Minnesota legislative leaders asking that the Judiciary and Public Safety omnibus bill be prioritized immediately, and that police reform legislation be passed as soon as possible.

Senator Susan Kent’s statement on Chauvin verdicts

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.