Governor Mark Dayton expects he will be spending some time negotiating with legislative leaders once he gets to read all the bills they passed in the last few days of the regular session.
It takes more than a law to eliminate structural racism. According to Minneapolis City Council Member Cam Gordon it also takes people speaking up and telling their stories.
Gordon and fellow council member Blong Yang are working on repealing city ordinances on lurking and spitting which they call the “New Jim Crow” laws. On Wednesday they moved a step closer to that goal when a city council committee voted unanimously to recommend the full council repeal the ordinances when they on June 5.
Gordon and Yang have encouraged people to come forward and tell their stories. Many of those testifying Wednesday and at previous hearings and community meetings are black, and they say the color of their skin negatively influences how police view them and enforce the law.
Stopped only because they are “young and black”
Apparently the wrong bill number was announced in the closing seconds of the Minnesota House session.
If the legislature has a special session, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk says it is "somewhat unlikely" that it will be on the Capitol lawn as Governor Mark Dayton has suggested. Ongoing renovations would likely prohibit the legislature from meeting in the Capitol building.