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House Select Committee on Racial Justice

This is a Legislative Committee. See Select Committee on Racial Justice (House)

Active dates:2020 -
Function:

The committee is responsible for examining disparities Minnesotans of color face regarding health, public safety, education, employment, housing and other areas.

History:

On July 20, during the 2020 2nd Special Session, the Minnesota House of Representatives adopted House Resolution 1, thereby voting to declare racism a public health crisis. According to the official resolution, the declaration applies to the entire state and affirms that the Minnesota House will be an active participant in the dismantling of racism. It creates a House Select Committee on Minnesota’s response tasked with analyzing legislative work through an intersectional race equity lens. 

“This is about advancing and promoting equitable opportunity across all of our systems, in the areas of health, education, housing, public safety, and economic and workforce development,” said Rep. Ruth Richardson (DFL-Mendota Heights), chief author of the resolution. “The COVID-19 pandemic and senseless murder of George Floyd have shined a light on the historical and contemporary injustices that are still embedded in our society.”

Minnesota joins more than 20 cities and counties and at least three states, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin, to declare racism a public health crisis.

On September 8, 2020, House Speaker Melissa Hortman announced membership of the new Select Committee on Racial Justice. The Committee will have its first public meeting September 22, 2020. 

Membership: Rena Moran (Chair); Ruth Richardson (Chair); Lisa Demuth; Jamie Becker-Finn; Rob Ecklund; Heather Edelson; Kaohly Her; Erin Koegel; Sandy Layman; Jamie Long; Anne Neu Brindley; Steve Sandell; Dean Urdahl

Co-chairs: Rep. Ruth Richardson (DFL – Mendota Heights) and Rep. Rena Moran (DFL – Saint Paul). Rep. Lisa Demuth (R – Cold Spring) will serve as vice chair. 

Other members include: Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn (DFL – Roseville), Rep. Rob Ecklund (DFL – International Falls), Rep. Heather Edelson (DFL – Edina), Rep. Kaohly Her (DFL – Saint Paul), Rep. Erin Koegel (DFL – Spring Lake Park), Rep. Sandy Layman (R – Cohasset), Rep. Jamie Long (DFL – Minneapolis), Rep. Anne Neu (R – North Branch), Rep. Steve Sandell (DFL – Woodbury), and Rep. Dean Urdahl (R – Grove City).

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Record last updated: 12/23/2020
 

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