Sen. Susan Kent

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.

Senator Kent’s statement on public safety funding

Governor Walz issued a request under the federal Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) to bring assistance from Ohio and Nebraska to Minnesota in advance of the Derek Chauvin trial verdict. Today, Senate Republicans fast tracked the passing of those emergency funds to the state.

House and Senate DFL Leadership Statement on Governor Walz’s State of the State Address

“I am incredibly thankful for Governor Walz’s leadership during this pandemic and have tremendous confidence in his commitment to Minnesota’s working families, small businesses, and our students. The Governor’s proposed budget and the Due North Education plan put our students first and aligned Minnesota’s shared values with our budget,” said Senate DFL Leader Susan Kent.

Senate DFL holds hearing on Paid Family and Medical Leave legislation

On March 26, 2021, members of the Senate DFL caucus hosted a remote hearing on legislation (SF 1205) that would provide Paid Family and Medical Leave benefits for Minnesota families. The legislation has support across a broad coalition of 45 organizations in Minnesota. The companion bill (HF 1200) has been successfully making its way through the House as members realize the positive impact this legislation can have on Minnesota families.