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Lawmakers clash over Gov. Tim Walz's emergency powers during pandemic

 

Glen Stubbe – Star Tribune

House Speaker Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park talked with House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, R-Crown in the mostly empty House Chamber on Monday, July 13. Legislators will return Tuesday evening.

Minnesota lawmakers returned to the State Capitol on Monday hoping to resolve continuing partisan differences on police accountability, a major public works package and several tax and spending measures.

But first they faced off over Gov. Tim Walz's decision to extend his emergency powers for another 30 days to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, a move that prompted the second legislative session of the summer, just four months ahead of the November elections.

As expected, the Republican-led Senate quickly passed a resolution to rescind the DFL governor's emergency powers, which have become entangled in negotiations over police reform and a massive infrastructure borrowing package. The vote was 36-31, with only one lawmaker, DFL Sen. Kent Eken, DFL-Twin Valley, crossing party lines.

https://www.startribune.com/lawmakers-clash-over-extension-of-walz-s-emergency-powers/571747982/

 

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