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House, Senate agree to compromise police reform package

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Since the Memorial Day death of George Floyd under the knee of a former Minneapolis police officer, calls have grown louder for police reforms and accountability changes.

After more than a month of work, the House and Senate finally reached agreement on some changes.

Sponsored by Rep. Carlos Mariani (DFL-St. Paul), SSHF1, as amended with a delete-all amendment and others, the bill would, in part, ban chokeholds in all but extreme circumstances, outlaw warrior training that encourages aggressive conduct and require an officer to intervene when another officer is using excessive force.

“This is not the bill I wanted. We had a much more robust bill we passed out of here a few weeks ago,” Mariani said. “But I can say in full confidence that this is a good bill. It creates a modern accountability framework of laws that will help to end the type of police brutality that killed George Floyd.” Read more at Session Daily

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Event Schedule

WEDNESDAY: House Education Finance Division (Remote Hearing)
Wednesday, August 12 2020 9:45 AM
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Meeting held in accordance with House Rule 10.01.
Informational hearing that will focus on Executive Order 20-82, the Safe Learning Plan for 2020-21 Guidance, and federal funds for K-12 public schools that relate to COVID-19.
- Presentations will be given on these topics by the Minnesota Department of Education.
To submit written comments please email them to by noon on Tuesday, August 11.
If you have questions about the accessibility of remote hearings or require an accommodation to view, participate in, or otherwise access a remote hearing, please contact Blake Wilcox by emailing him at or by leaving a message at 651-296-8803.

WEDNESDAY: Session Daily Update
Wednesday, August 12 2020 11:55 AM
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Updates from the House.

WEDNESDAY: 2020 Third Special Session: House Floor Session
Wednesday, August 12 2020 12:00 PM
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Meeting held in accordance with House Rule 10.01.

THURSDAY: Legislative Commission on Metropolitan Government (Remote Meeting)
Thursday, August 13 2020 1:00 PM
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Metropolitan Council role in housing/homelessness.
Metropolitan Council Equity Advisory Committee.
* Agenda items may be added.

2021 SESSION: Opening Day of the Ninety-Second Session of the Minnesota Legislature
Tuesday, January 5 2021 12:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
Per Minnesota Statute, Chapter 3.011: The 2021 Legislative Session is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, January 5, 2021.

News and Notes

Special Session Bill Introductions: HF63-HF92

COVID-19 information

The Minnesota House of Representatives has created a web page dedicated to information about the COVID-19 pandemic, including links for resources.

Not running again

The following members have announced they will not seek re-election to the House in 2020: Rep. Hunter Cantrell (DFL-Savage), Rep. Lyndon Carlson Sr. (DFL-Crystal), Rep. Jack Considine Jr. (DFL-Mankato), Rep. Dan Fabian (R-Roseau), Rep. Bob Gunther (R-Fairmont), Rep. Laurie Halverson (DFL-Eagan), Rep. Mary Kunesh-Podein (DFL-New Brighton), Rep. Sandy Layman (R-Cohasset), Rep. Ben Lien (DFL-Moorhead), Rep. Tim Mahoney (DFL-St. Paul), Rep. Alice Mann (DFL-Lakeville), Rep. Bud Nornes (R-Fergus Falls), Rep. Linda Runbeck (R-Circle Pines), Rep. Duane Sauke (DFL-Rochester), Rep. Bob Vogel (R-Elko New Market) and Rep. Jean Wagenius (DFL-Mpls).

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