July 2020

MN Government Updates 07.24

Minnesota Department of Health Briefing 07.24.20

This afternoon, officials with the Minnesota Department of Health conducted a press briefing with reporters to update the public on the spread of COVID-19 in the state.


MN Government Updates 07.23

Walz Signs Minnesota Police Accountability Act

Governor Tim Walz today signed the Minnesota Police Accountability Act, authored by members of the People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus.


MN Government Updates 07.22

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.


MN Government Updates 07.20

Legislative Activity for July 20, 2020

Today, both the House and Senate convened floor sessions for what is expected to be the final day of the second special session of 2020.


MN Government Updates 07.17

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.


MN Government Updates 07.16

Walz Press Conference

This afternoon, Governor Tim Walz and other state leaders held a press conference following a tour of the Highway 93 flood improvement project in Henderson.


MN Government Updates 07.15

Minnesota House Debates Peacetime Emergency Powers


MN Government Updates 07.14

Police Reform, Bonding Bill, and Supplemental Budget Proposal Sent to House Floor


MN Government Updates 07.10

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.


MN Government Updates 07.09

Walz Expected to Call Special Session for Monday

Tomorrow, Governor Tim Walz is expected to issue a proclamation calling for another special session of the legislature for Monday, July 13.


MN Government Updates 07.07

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.”


MN Government Updates 07.06

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.


MN Government Updates 07.01

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.”


MN Government Updates 06.30

Walz Announces Public-Private Partnership to Support Technology Needs of Minnesota Students


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