Democrats Enact Police Reforms While the Minnesota GOP Stalls

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WASHINGTON — In the wake of George Floyd’s murder, Democratic state legislatures throughout the country are working hard, listening to the needs of their constituents, and enacting meaningful legislation to reform policing in the United States. Meanwhile, Republicans in Floyd’s own home state of Minnesota blocked widespread police reforms during a special session that ended last weekend.

“Democratic majorities put in the work and move our states forward while Republican majorities drag their feet,” said Democratic Legislative Committee President Jessica Post. “Passing police reform is crucial for the protection of our communities and families — especially Black Americans — and the GOP is failing to step up. Voters can see for themselves that electing state Democrats leads to positive change.”

State Democrats across the country are using their majorities to foster progress:

 

 

These reforms provide a stark contrast to the divided legislature in Minnesota. After the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party passed criminal justice legislation in the House, the Republican-controlled Senate blocked the bills. Instead of working with the DFL to combat police brutality, the GOP ignored the wishes of their constituents and ended the session, accomplishing nothing.

“Minnesotans have witnessed the good that came from flipping the state House blue in 2018,” added Post. “We’ll use that momentum to win the Senate this year so meaningful criminal justice legislation can finally be passed in the state.”

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