Governor Tim Walz will likely extend his emergency COVID powers beyond July 12th, meaning he’ll have to call another special session to give the legislature a chance to say “no” — but a number of other “hot button” issues are also unresolved. Near the top among them is police reform, prompted by the death of George Floyd. But each side of the political aisle is taking a much different approach: In the last special session House Democrats passed a wide range of measures while Senate Republicans supported only a few bills and the two sides couldn’t agree before G-O-P leaders adjourned the special session. Since then, Senate Republicans have been focusing on what they say was state and local government’s inadequate response to Twin Cities riots following Floyd’s death. Democrats and Republicans have also been trying to agree on a bonding bill for state public works projects.
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