Court hears legal challenge to Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz's emergency powers during COVID-19 pandemic
Eight lawsuits have been filed against the governor in state and federal courts
July 17, 2020
The attorney for a group of Republican lawmakers and small business owners argued before a state judge Thursday that the Minnesota Legislature was "lazy" and failed to set appropriate guidelines limiting the governor's powers for handling the COVID-19 pandemic and other emergencies.
Democratic Gov. Tim Walz has made extensive use of peacetime emergency powers under state law to rapidly respond to the coronavirus pandemic, issuing 79 emergency orders since March. His actions, including school, church and business closings, have spurred eight cases in state and federal courts.
Walz's emergency powers have become tied to ongoing negotiations over state infrastructure borrowing, police reform and other issues during the legislative special session.