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.

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.

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 Public-Private Partnership to Support Technology Needs of Minnesota Students

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.

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.

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.

Legislative Activity for June 17, 2020

Minnesota House of Representatives

Legislature Convenes for Special Session

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

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.

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.

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: 

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

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.

PRESS CONFERENCE 9:00 a.m. Saturday, May 30, 2020

Walz Signs Executive Order Activating National Guard 

Governor Tim Walz today signed Executive Order 20-64, activating the Minnesota National Guard to help protect Minnesotans’ safety and maintain peace in the wake of George Floyd’s death. Local leaders have requested National Guard resources after extensive damage to private property occurred and peaceful protests evolved into a dangerous situation for protesters and first responders.

Walz Press Briefing

Today, Governor Tim Walz and other state officials held a press conference with reporters to respond to the death of George Floyd and update the public on state efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

Department of Health Briefing

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

Department of Health Briefing

This afternoon, Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm held a press briefing with reporters to update the public on state efforts and information related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Department of Health Briefing 05.21.20

This afternoon, officials with the Minnesota Department of Health conducted a press briefing with reporters to update the public on information and state efforts relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Walz Announces Plans for Outdoor Dining, Limited Occupancy Salons

Governor Tim Walz today announced the phases in his Stay Safe Plan, including a cautious, strategic turn of the dial to allow limited outdoor dining at restaurants and bars starting June 1, 2020. The Governor also announced that salons and barbershops will be allowed to open June 1 at 25 percent occupancy to ensure the safety of both the employees and the customers inside. In both industries, customers will be either strongly recommended or required to wear masks, make reservations, and adhere to social distancing requirements to keep themselves, other customers, and employees safe.

With the time to pass bills for the 2020 Legislative Session expiring at 12:00 a.m., the Minnesota House of Representatives and Minnesota Senate were unable to come to an agreement on a bonding bill.

A bonding bill is a piece of legislation that authorizes the issuing of bonds and other capital to pay for certain construction projects and infrastructure upgrades. Projects are only eligible for this type of bonding if they are publicly-owned and designated as infrastructure. Bonding bills typically include projects requests by local governments, state institutions of higher learning, and other public entities. These bonds come in the form of general obligation bonds and are guaranteed by the state.

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