Minnesota lawmakers paused Monday to honor Prince and his artistic contributions.
Nine of them took turns on the Senate floor reading sections of a resolution that highlighted the late musician's career. Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, said the aftermath of Prince’s death last week has been both painful and joyous. Dibble said Minnesota and the world lost a “remarkable individual who lived amongst us.”
“As history looks back on the contributions he made, he will be remembered in the same legion as Aaron Copeland and many, many of the great composers who broke new genre and new ground,” Dibble said. “We’re proud of course that sound the he produced, that incredible joyous music he produced, came from Minnesota.”
Senators also stood for a moment of silence.
Sen. Karin Housley, R-St. Marys Point, is proposing another Prince tribute. Housley wants to pass legislation to declare purple as Minnesota's official color.
“He brought his gifts to the world yet he chose to stay and live in Minnesota,” Housley said. “So, I think it would be a fitting tribute to a great man."
The Minnesota House was expected to follow suit with a similar tribute Monday afternoon.