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Walz calls for legislative hearings on gun safety, insulin

Jodi Harpstead, the chief executive of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, left, speaks to reporters at the Minnesota Capitol on Monday. Aug. 12, 2019, after Gov. Tim Walz, right, named her to be his new commissioner of human services. Harpstead will take over the agency Sept. 3.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz says he still wants Senate Republicans to hold hearings on Democratic proposals for gun control and emergency insulin supplies.

The governor told reporters Monday he finds it "absolutely unacceptable" that none have been scheduled following the latest mass shootings in Ohio and Texas.

He contrasted the impasse in Minnesota with states with Republican governors and legislatures that have adopted gun safety measures, as well as President Donald Trump's recently stated willingness to consider stronger federal background checks.

Proposals for tighter gun controls and easier access to emergency insulin stalled out during the 2019 Legislature's regular session amid GOP opposition.

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Walz says it wouldn't be productive to call lawmakers back into a special session if they're not willing to do anything, but he says voters are demanding action.

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