March 25, 2020 •
On March 26, Minnesota lawmakers are scheduled to convene to act on legislation to help the state combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Legislators were last in session on March 17, when members passed a $200 million relief package to help health care providers battle the pandemic.
That bill was signed by Gov. Tim Walz the same day.
House Speaker Melissa Hortman said the new proposed legislation will provide further relief than the governor is able to deliver via executive order.
Lawmakers had agreed to recess until April 14, with the understanding they would return as needed.
Arrangements are being made to ensure the legislature follows the Minnesota Department of Health guidelines.
Specifically they look to keep members, staff and the public safe, Hortman and Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka said in a joint statement late Tuesday.
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July 8, 2020 •
Gov. Tim Walz announced on July 7, he intends to call lawmakers back for an open-ended session beginning July 13. Walz stated the session will coincide with the 30-day extension of the peacetime emergency ending July 12, and added that […]
Gov. Tim Walz announced on July 7, he intends to call lawmakers back for an open-ended session beginning July 13.
Walz stated the session will coincide with the 30-day extension of the peacetime emergency ending July 12, and added that other issues should get top billing.
Walz is obligated by law to call a special session for the Legislature to approve the emergency declaration.
The Senate tried to revoke the governor’s executive power during the first special session ending June 19.
However, the attempt failed because it requires the vote of both chambers.
In the first special session, no deals were reached on legislation both parties said was necessary and everything will be on the agenda again.
The Legislature will determine the length of the session.