Quote of the Week: ”We are playing Russian roulette with the Senate," the Senate said. “I’m putting 6 bullets in the Chamber and told the House 'You go first,'” House DFL Representative.
Special Session Achieved Little
The special session, which began last week, adjourn ed early Saturday morning when the Republican-controlled Senate adjourn ed sine die. Governor Walz and House DFLers had sought to pass a bonding bill, police reforms and relief for communities damaged by riots in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd. But Senate Republicans were open largely to just a bonding bill, which did not happen. Several non-controversial bills were passed. No bills were passed which addressed insurance or the financial services sector.
As expected, differences between the two bodies’ willingness to address public safety officer reform and whether to spend state dollars rebuilding portions of Minneapolis and St. Paul moved the special session from one of discussion and compromise to one of politics and finger pointing.
The failure of this special session sets up a second special session, expected to be held in July. Unless both sides are willing to compromise, a July special session may be a replay of the failed session that just concluded. That may be acceptable to Senate Republicans and House DFLers and Governor Walz, who both believe their positions will help them in the November elections.