August Special Session
During a press conference today, House Speaker Melissa Hortman (DFL-Brooklyn Park) said that the August special session of the legislature will be a “quick in and out” given the financial constraints on the state due to a planned August bond sale. She said the likely September special session will be a “do or die” moment for a bonding bill.
Walz Signs Executive Order on Masking
Governor Tim Walz today signed Executive Order 20-81, which requires Minnesotans to wear a face covering in indoor businesses and indoor public settings. Researchers have advocated for masking, calling it a simple and effective step to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. To date, 30 states across the country, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico have issued similar mandates.
House and Senate to Reconvene Monday
Both the House and Senate are scheduled to reconvene for floor sessions at 12:00 p.m. on Monday. Governor Walz and legislative leaders continue to negotiate a number of bills including a bonding bill, police accountability and reform measures, a supplemental budget bill, and modifications to executive peacetime emergency powers.
Walz Calls Special Session for Monday
Governor Tim Walz today announced that he will convene a special legislative session beginning on July 13, 2020. The Governor continues to push for legislation on police reform and accountability and has asked the Legislature to join his effort to build a stronger, more equitable economy by passing a robust bonding bill.
Special Session Anticipated for Monday
Last night, House Speaker Melissa Hortman (DFL-Brooklyn Park) sent an email to House members and staff saying, “We anticipate the Governor will issue a proclamation on Friday, July 10th, calling the Legislature into special session on Monday, July 13th.”
Walz Requests Federal Support to Help Rebuild After Civil Unrest
Last week, Governor Tim Walz requested financial support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help Minnesota rebuild after civil unrest damaged public infrastructure and caused extensive fire damage in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
Walz and Advocates Celebrate Launch of Minnesota Insulin Safety Net Program
Today, Governor Walz, Lieutenant Governor Flanagan, and insulin affordability advocates celebrated the launch of the Minnesota Insulin Safety Net Program. The program, created by the Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act, allows Minnesotans in urgent need of insulin to access the life-saving drug through their pharmacy.
“Every Minnesotan deserves access to the medicine they need at a price they can afford,” Governor Walz said. “But the skyrocketing cost of insulin has priced too many Minnesotans out of the drug they need to live. Thanks to the fighting spirit of Minnesotans with diabetes and the families who have lost loved ones to this crisis, this program will now provide much-needed relief to Minnesotans struggling to afford their insulin.”
Walz Announces More Than Half a Million COVID-19 Tests in Minnesota
Governor Tim Walz today announced the state has completed more than half a million COVID-19 tests and has reached the milestone of developing a daily capacity of 20,000 COVID-19 molecular tests. Governor Walz says the milestone is thanks to Minnesota’s advanced COVID-19 testing program, first announced two months ago.
Walz Announces Coronavirus Relief Funding for Communities Across the State
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan today announced a plan to distribute $853 million in relief to communities across the state impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. $841 million will be distributed to Minnesota counties, cities, and towns to support local government coronavirus relief efforts. $12 million will be allocated toward food shelves and food banks to help combat hunger across Minnesota. The funding was authorized under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Walz Signs Six Bills
Last night, Governor Tim Walz signed six bills into law, including measures to increase reimbursement rates for child care providers, prohibit schools from suspending prekindergarten students, increase vaping prevention instruction, and require all teachers to have annual mental health training.
Walz Announces Businesses Can Now Apply for $62 Million in COVID-19 Relief Funding
Governor Tim Walz today announced the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is now accepting applications for the $62.5 million Small Business Relief Grants Program for businesses impacted by COVID-19, which he signed into law last week.
Walz and DFL Leadership Press Conference
This morning, Governor Tim Walz and DFL legislative leaders held a press conference to urge Senate Republicans to take up and pass the People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus police reform and accountability bills. The governor referred to the police accountability measures passed by Senate Republicans late Tuesday/early Wednesday as “weak sauce” and wants to sign the POCI Caucus-sponsored bills on Friday.
Walz, Legislative Leaders Announce Police Accountability Reform and Legislative Priorities
A day after Governor Tim Walz announced police reform would be a top priority for the special legislative session, he stood with House Speaker Melissa Hortman, Senate Minority Leader Susan Kent, and members of the Minnesota People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus to announce a comprehensive set of police reform and accountability measures.
Walz Announces Gradual Re-Opening of Indoor Dining, Gyms, Entertainment Venues
Governor Tim Walz today announced Phase III of the Stay Safe MN plan, including a gradual turn of the dial to allow cautious and safe re-opening of indoor dining, gyms, and entertainment venues beginning Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Customers and employees will be either strongly recommended or required to wear masks and will be required to adhere to appropriate social distancing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Walz Statement on Attorney General’s Officer Charging Decision
Attorney General Keith Ellison today announced that he has charged all four officers involved in George Floyd's death, and announced that he has increased the charge against former officer Derek Chauvin to second degree murder. Governor Walz released the following statement: