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Lingering crises spark challenges to Gov. Tim Walz's emergency powers


Glen Stubbe – Star Tribune

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz

Wielding a little-known law often used during natural disasters, Gov. Tim Walz has closed down schools, bars, restaurants, theaters and stadiums to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Since the middle of March, he's been able to temporarily suspend elective surgeries, halt evictions and shutter barbershops - just a smattering of the measures that have intruded deeply into the everyday lives of Minnesotans. All that was before the night curfews and National Guard mobilizations to check the violent protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.

"What governors have available to them that the president does not is the full, legitimate authority of a sovereign government," said James Hodge, an Arizona State University public health law professor who helped draft a model for emergency powers after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. "This is as strong as it gets in the United States."


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