There will *not* be separate hearings this week in the Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate on possible police reform measures. Majority Leader Paul Gazelka said late last week those discussions will be during negotiations with the DFL-led House on a public safety budget bill.   Democratic Senator Ron Latz on Friday called it a “cop-out” — but Latz says additional police reforms might have a chance because the Minnesota Business Partnership last week re-iterated its support:

“They certainly have a disproportionate influence within the Republican Party in the Senate G-O-P caucus.   So it is my hope that with those voices once again joining the chorus calling for change, that we will see progress on this front.”

Latz says business groups had an influence last summer when the legislature passed a first round of police reforms following the murder of George Floyd.