Minnesota lawmakers anticipate new pandemic emergency order
May 13, 2020
Legislative leaders in St. Paul are readying for Wednesday’s expected extension of peacetime emergency powers that have enabled Gov. Tim Walz to temporarily close schools, shutter businesses and order residents to stay home unless necessary.
Walz administration officials remained tight-lipped Tuesday about the announcement as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and fatalities in Minnesota continued to rise. But leaders in both parties in the Capitol said they fully expect the governor to extend the emergency powers he has wielded since the pandemic began to ramp up in March.