A bill that would allocate $15 million to help to cover security costs for potential civil disorder tied to the upcoming Derek Chauvin trial is headed to the Senate floor. At a Thursday committee meeting, Republican Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen from Alexandria questioned the necessity of such a cost…

“I still wonder why we’re sometimes doing this, let things happen that are going to happen and deal with it later, cops are cops, they’re not going to not work, they’re not going to not do public safety.”

Senate Minority Leader Susan Kent of Woodbury strongly disagreed and countered that law enforcement favors extra support…

“I think it’s irresponsible to say “let’s just chuck this whole thing and hopefully, everything will be ok” because that’s not responsible planning.”

Governor Tim Walz had earlier proposed an allocation of $35 million, but that bill failed in the Democrat-controlled House. Legislative leaders are expected to continue to negotiate through the weekend about a proposal that could pick up support in both chambers.