June 11, 2020

ST. PAUL, Minn.- – Gov. Tim Walz is calling a special legislative session Friday to pass police reform, a bonding bill and assist businesses impacted by COVID-19.

“Minnesota is at a turning point. This is our chance to take strong action to combat persistent structural inequities, pass substantive police reform and build a stronger economy,” Walz said in announcing the session.

Walz said he supports recommendations including proposals to support use of force reform, funding for alternatives to policing, greater police oversight, voting restoration, community healing and prosecutorial, investigatory, and training reform.

Walz said he will also extend the COVID-19 peacetime emergency by 30 days to be prepared for any significant changes in the pandemic.