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Statement from Speaker Hortman and Majority Leader Winkler on Special Session

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

St. Paul, Minnesota — Minnesota House Speaker Melissa Hortman and House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler released the following statements on Governor Walz’s announcement that Special Session will begin on Friday, June 12:

“The legislature has four important areas to address in this special session: getting financial assistance to local governments and small businesses to deal with the impact of COVID-19, completing unfinished business from the regular session, including passing a bonding bill; enacting legislation on police accountability and criminal justice reform, and rebuilding communities that have suffered property damage," said Speaker Hortman. “Minnesotans have gathered and raised their voices in support of justice for George Floyd, and for Philando Castile, and many others — we must work together to change our laws so that our communities are safe for all of us.”

“Minnesotans expect and deserve action on police accountability, racial justice, economic support, and COVID-19 legislation,” said Majority Leader Winkler. “Republican attempts to divide Minnesotans and blame others is reckless in the most demanding time Minnesota has faced in its history.”