August 2020

MN Government Updates 08.27

Walz Intending to Call September Special Session

Following a tour of two St. Paul small businesses, Governor Walz held a press availability to answer questions from reporters. Many of the questions focused on the civil unrest in Minneapolis last evening. When asked about whether he would call a special session for September, Walz responded, “At this point, it’s our intention to bring them back.”


MN Government Updates 08.25

Walz Announces Plan for New COVID-19 Saliva Testing Lab in Minnesota

Today, Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan announced that Minnesota has partnered with the nation’s leading distributor of saliva testing to create plans for a new lab in Minnesota, expanding and diversifying testing capacity for Minnesotans, creating jobs, and slowing the spread of COVID-19.


MN Government Updates 08.24

Minnesota Senate Holds Confirmation Hearing for MPCA Commissioner

Today, two Senate committees held a joint confirmation hearing for Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Commissioner Laura Bishop. Much of the focus of the hearing was on the Walz Administration’s drafting of new clean car rules that some Republican senators believe bypass the authority of the legislature. 


MN Government Updates 08.19

Senate Republican Caucus Press Conference

Today, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (R-East Gull Lake) held a press conference in response to the Minnesota Department of Commerce’s decision to appeal the Public Utilities Commission’s approval of the Enbridge Energy’s plan to replace the Line 3 crude oil pipeline.


MN Government Updates 08.17

Minnesota Department of Health Briefing

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 08.14

Minnesota Department of Health Briefing

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


MN Government Updates 08.12

Legislature Convenes for Special Session

Both chambers of the legislature convened today for the third special session of 2020.


MN Government Updates 08.11

Primary Election Day


MN Government Updates 08.07

Walz Calls August Special Session

Today, Governor Tim Walz issued a proclamation calling for a special session of the legislature to convene on Wednesday, August 12. Walz is required to call the legislature back into special session each time he extends his peacetime emergency powers by 30 days. The governor’s current peacetime emergency powers are scheduled to expire on August 12.


MN Government Updates 08.06

Minnesota 2020 Primary Election Guide

The state government relations team at Lockridge Grindal Nauen has profiled notable primaries for congressional and legislative races on the ballot for Tuesday, August 11. Read about the 2020 primary races across the state here.


MN Government Updates 08.05

Minnesota Department of Health Briefing

This afternoon, 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 08.03

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.


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