Council member Cam Gordon said that repealing the laws won’t change structural racism, but telling stories like was done at today’s hearing will. Watch the video to hear those stories.
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton made an expected special session of the legislature even more complicated by vetoing two more bills on Saturday. He has vetoed the omnibus agricultural, environment and natural resources bill and the omnibus jobs and energy bill.
Dayton said the first bill undermined decades of environmental protections and the second one fell short in funding several critical areas.
The governor did say he signed the omnibus state government finance bill despite a section that outsources some duties of the State Auditor to private auditors. Dayton said he would make fixing that section a part of any special session he calls.
Earlier this week Dayton vetoed the E-12 education bill in part because it did not fund his proposal for universal pre-school.
Dayton has not set a date for a special session and probably won’t until he negotiates the scope and likely outcomes of the session with House Speaker Kurt Daudt and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk.
Once the legislature is called into special session it can deal with as many issues and go as long as members want.
News conference audio and veto letters (more…)
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.
Apparently the wrong bill number was announced in the closing seconds of the Minnesota House session.