Walz signs first executive order promoting inclusivity in Minnesota

January 09, 2019 12:00 PM

Gov. Tim Walz signed his first executive order Wednesday.

The order established the One Minnesota Council on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity.

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It reportedly expands upon a council formed by former governor Mark Dayton in an effort to include individuals from different backgrounds throughout the state.

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According to a release from Walz's office, the order he has signed is expected to further the council's mission, "expanding its scope to address geographic diversity as well as important considerations around equity in Minnesota."

Walz said the council will help set the stage for how he wants leadership in Minnesota to operate. He said he wants to make Minnesota more inclusive and wants the council to ensure all people have the opportunity to work for the state, do business with the state, and fully participate in the development of policy.

"Everybody's voice matters," Walz said Wednesday. "This is our opportunity to continue to build on this incredible state's legacy to have those open conversations on inclusion and equity, making sure that everyone is here before decisions are made."

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