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Statement from House DFL leaders on Special Session

Saturday, June 20, 2020

St. Paul, Minnesota — Minnesota House Speaker Melissa Hortman and House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler released the following statements:

“The Minnesota House DFL is ready and willing to continue working to find agreement with Senate Republicans and the Governor on policing reform and accountability, addressing COVID19 and its economic impacts, bonding, taxes, and much more,” said Speaker Hortman. “This moment in history calls upon us to deliver transformative policy to further racial justice. There is nothing more pressing than the need to change law and policy so that it values and protects the lives of Black, Indigenous, and people of color in Minnesota. It's a big task, and it will take an enormous commitment of time and goodwill to achieve. We won't let the end of this special session derail our efforts to work with our colleagues in the legislature and the executive branch to enact nation-leading policies to make systemic change and ensure police are accountable to the communities they serve.”

“This is not the time to think small and call it quits for the summer. To not meet the moment we're in is completely unacceptable. House DFLers remain committed to taking action to build a Minnesota that works better for all of us, no exceptions,” said Majority Leader Winkler. “Now is the time for leaders to come together — regardless of party, race, and place — to ensure the health and economic well-being of Minnesotans and to reimagine and reform how public safety works.”