June 2020

MN Government Updates 06.29

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.


MN Government Updates 06.26

Minnesota Department of Health Briefing

Today, officials with the Minnesota Department of Health conducted a press briefing with reporters to update the public on state efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic.


MN Government Updates 06.25

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.


MN Government Updates 06.24

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.


MN Government Updates 06.23

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.


MN Government Updates 06.18

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.


MN Government Updates 06.17

Legislative Activity for June 17, 2020

Minnesota House of Representatives


MN Government Updates 06.12

Legislature Convenes for Special Session

Both chambers of the legislature convened at 12:00 p.m. today for the special legislative session.


MN Government Updates 06.10

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.


MN Government Updates 06.08

Senate DFL Press Conference

Today, members of the Senate DFL Caucus held a press conference to discuss issues they would like to see on the agenda for the June special session, which is likely to take place on Friday.


MN Government Updates 06.05

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.


MN Government Updates 06.03

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: 


MN Government Updates 06.02

Minnesota Department of Human Rights Files Civil Rights Charge Against Minneapolis Police Department


MN Government Updates 06.01

Walz Announces Modified Nighttime Curfew

Governor Tim Walz today signed Executive Order 20-69 modifying and extending the temporary nighttime Minneapolis and St. Paul curfew through Wednesday morning to provide safety for Minnesota residents from individuals who have engaged in unlawful and dangerous activity in recent days and threatened the security of lawful demonstrators and first responders.


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