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Scott Dibble for State Senate

Minneapolis, Minnesota | Senate District 61

Statement on Chris Kluwe

This afternoon Senator Scott Dibble released a statement about claims in an article authored by former Minnesota Viking Chris Kluwe about his activism in support of marriage equality for same-sex couples and being fired by the Minnesota Vikings.

"Kluwe’s allegations raise very serious concerns about the culture within the Minnesota Vikings organization. As a business partner of the state of Minnesota, we have strong expectations that the team uphold the values of tolerance and equality that we all share. I am encouraged to some degree by the team's statement in response, but the charges warrant a thorough investigation. If shown to be true, decisive action must be taken."

Update: Jan. 4, 2014

Senator Dibble asks Vikings owners to investigate specific incidents and a potentially discriminatory culture within the Vikings coaching staff described by Kluwe (Scribd) »

Read the entire statement on the Senate website »

Star Tribune Endorses the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act

The Star Tribune Editorial Board has endorsed legislation authored by Senator Scott Dibble and Minneapolis Representative Jim Davnie that would strengthen anti-bullying policies in Minnesota schools.

"It seems like something we could all agree on: Minnesota schoolkids should be able attend school without fear of being bullied, harassed or intimidated. And if it does happen, they should be confident that something will be done about it." … "…all of those concerns have been addressed and disputed. The language of the proposed legislation clearly applies to all students. Schools already are subject to legal action, as several high-profile court cases have shown. The new requirements would include training and other tools that would help teachers and staff work with students to reduce incidents and avoid lawsuits."

Read the editorial at startribune.com »

National Coming Out Day 2013

The following are the prepared remarks of Senator Scott Dibble to students at North Hennepin Community College marking the 2013 National Coming Out Day.

We have been through an amazing time these last two years. A time when our ideals, values, hopes and aspirations as a state and as a country, were under a severe test. It gives me great pleasure to report that we met this test — passed it with flying colors. Consider the stakes: Our very freedoms — guaranteed in our constitution; the idea that every single one of us is equal in the eyes of the law; we each have the right to vote…

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Star Tribune Commentary: Growing Minneapolis: The costs of inaction

On Sunday, September 29, the Minneapolis Star Tribune published the following letter by Senator Scott Dibble and Representative Frank Hornstein on the costs of inaction on transportation as part of its Growing Minneapolis series:

Cities across the country are experiencing a population renaissance. Young people are opting for city life. People entering their golden years are looking for places to live where the things they want to do are nearby.

This change, a reverse from previous decades, is readily seen in Minneapolis even by casual observers. We are witnessing a rebound in home sales. Cranes are appearing in the skies all over the city, raising up condos and apartments.

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