March 2021

MN Government Updates 03.26.2021

Legislative Recess Begins Tomorrow

The legislature will be in recess for the Easter and Passover holidays starting tomorrow. The recess will continue through Monday, April 5. Legislative activity will resume at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 6.

MN Government Updates 03.25.2021

Walz to Announce Vaccine Eligibility Expansion Tomorrow

This afternoon, Governor Tim Walz’s office released the following statement:

“Tomorrow, Governor Walz will announce that all Minnesotans 16 years of age and older will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination beginning Tuesday, March 30. The final eligibility expansion comes as the federal government has promised an increased supply of vaccine by April, and as Minnesota has become a national leader in getting shots into arms quickly. This week Minnesota was ranked number one in the country for the percentage of vaccine doses administered to Minnesotans. The state has vaccinated 80% of our seniors, outperforming the nation, and has also vaccinated at least two-thirds of our school and child care personnel.”

MN Government Updates 03.19.2021

Minnesota Department of Health Briefing

This afternoon, officials from the Minnesota Department of Health conducted a media briefing with reporters to update the public on the spread of COVID-19 and discuss COVID-19 vaccination.

MN Government Updates 03.17.2021

Walz to Quarantine After COVID-19 Exposure

Today, Governor Tim Walz’s office released the following statement after the governor and other state officials were potentially exposed to COVID-19 on Monday:

MN Government Updates 03.15.2021

Walz Extends Peacetime Emergency

As Minnesota ramps up vaccination distribution and monitors new variants of COVID-19, Governor Tim Walz today signed Executive Order 21-12 to extend the peacetime emergency in Minnesota. The peacetime emergency is critical to the state’s ability to respond to the pandemic, including efficiently distributing the vaccine. The federal government and 48 other states remain in a state of emergency.

MN Government Updates 03.11.2021

Walz to Announce Changes to Business Restrictions Tomorrow

This afternoon, Governor Tim Walz told reporters that he is set to announce a “dial turn” of pandemic-related restrictions on businesses and social gatherings tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. to take effect as early as April. Among the changes, the governor suggested that high school proms and graduations are likely to happen as well as allowing a limited number of spectators to attend professional sporting events. Walz said tomorrow’s announcement is “probably our biggest turn” of the dial.

MN Government Updates 03.08.2021

Walz Announces Over 90% of Districts and Charter Schools Offering In-Person Learning

This morning, Governor Tim Walz visited a Twin Cities elementary school to announce that 92% of districts and charter schools in Minnesota are offering their students some form of in-person learning.

MN Government Updates 03.04.2021

Minnesota Senate to Take Up Security Funding, Tax Conformity Next Week

Today, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (R-East Gull Lake) announced that the Senate will take up two major bills next week – one relating to security funding and other relating to federal tax conformity.

MN Government Updates 03.03.2021

Walz Highlights Arrival of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine in Minnesota

Following a visit at M Health Fairview in Minneapolis to observe the arrival of the first shipment of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine into the state, Governor Walz held a media availability and took questions from reporters.

MN Government Updates 03.01.2021

Legislative Activity for March 1, 2021

Today, the Minnesota Senate passed Senate File 694. This legislation, authored by Senator Gary Dahms (R-Redwood Falls), extends the Minnesota Premium Security Plan, also known as reinsurance, for an additional year. The bill passed 39-28.

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