Governor Tim Walz is pushing Republicans in the Minnesota Senate to hammer out a compromise on gun safety legislation, as the nation reels from mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.   Walz says Republicans have hearings next week on turmoil in the state Human Services Department — so why not also talk about gun safety and the stalemated insulin assistance program?

“I do know now it’s possible. We’re doing a D-H-S hearing, so we’re coming back.   We’re gonna pay some per diem.   We’re gonna pay some salaries.   We can do a D-H-S hearing. I support ’em in that. Why not just piggyback on an insulin and a piece of gun control or gun safety legislation.”

Senate Republicans have not yet commented on the governor’s request for hearings on guns or insulin.