A state Senate oversight committee is holding a hearing tomorrow (WED) to determine accountability for a recent increase in crime in the metro–including rioting and destruction of businesses and property. The hearing, which was arranged by Senate Republicans, is a joint meeting with judiciary and transportation committees and DFL Senator Jeff Hayden of Minneapolis says…

“We don’t understand why the transportation committee is involved with it, because as far as I can see they have no oversight over what happened either from a criminal justice standpoint, to hold people accountable.”

Hayden also objects to holding the hearing in person amid COVID-19. When announcing the hearing last week, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka of Nisswa said lawmakers in the metro and rural Minnesota have to “figure out how to work together” when it comes to solving accountability issues in the wake of George Floyd’s death.