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Virus outbreak could paralyze Minnesota Legislature


March 10, 2020

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Legislature is unprepared to function fully if the COVID-19 virus sweeps through its members.

If 34 members of the Minnesota Senate were sick with coronavirus — or quarantined for any reason — Monday morning, March 9, the body would have been unable vote on the $21 million coronavirus funding plan it approved. And if 68 House members were in similar straits, that chamber would have been unable to vote on the bill as well, as it was expected to do Monday evening, sending it on an express trip to Gov. Tim Walz for his signature.


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