Walz sets special Minnesota Legislature session for police reform, economic plan

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Gov. Tim Walz has scheduled a special legislative session to begin Monday, setting goals of police reform and a robust bonding bill.

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“Our state had a trying few months, and we need the Legislature to rise to the occasion and get things done to help Minnesotans rebuild and recover,” said the DFL governor, urging Democrats and Republicans to cooperate during the special session.
“Give me a bill to sign on police accountability and reform, and let’s work together to build a stronger, more equitable economy by investing in local jobs and projects across the state,” Walz said.
As they did last session, Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan support the police reform and accountability recommendations of the Minnesota People of Color and Indigenous Caucus and the Attorney General’s Police-Involved Deadly Force Encounters Working Group.
The proposals support use of force reform; greater police oversight; community healing, and prosecutorial, investigatory, and training reform.
Walz’s economic plan will include his bonding proposal, the Local Jobs and Projects Plan, which is intended to revitalize infrastructure across the state and create good-paying jobs.
The governor said he also plans to continue to work with partners at the community, local, state and federal levels to provide assistance to businesses that suffered damage and lost clientele during demonstrations after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.
Walz also plans to extend the COVID-19 peacetime emergency by 30 days to ensure that the state can continue to respond to the pandemic quickly and effectively.