Special Session 2.0
The legislature gaveled in yesterday for our second special session of the year. The House DFL remains committed to completing unfinished business from the regular session — including responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and safeguarding the health and well-being of Minnesotans, enacting meaningful legislation on racial justice and police accountability, passing a robust jobs & local projects or “bonding” bill that benefits our entire state, and rebuilding our Twin Cities communities that suffered property damage during civil unrest by passing the PROMISE Act.
Senate Republicans had no problems walking away from the work last month during our first special session. Unsurprisingly, they have adjourned temporarily until next Monday, but the House is meeting tonight, and we plan to continue our work around the clock until the Senate is ready to join us.
House Resolution Declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis
A House committee today advanced a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis, with a final vote on the House floor likely to occur Monday, July 20. The resolution states that racism is embedded in the foundation of America, beginning with chattel slavery in 1619, and that much of the Black experience in America has been endured under slavery and Jim Crow, which created preferential opportunities for white people while subjecting people of color to hardships and disadvantages in every area of life. Click here to download a copy.
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