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Minnesota legislators clash over COVID-19 reporting amid outbreak


November 17, 2020

Glen Stubbe – Star Tribune

Senate Minority Leader Susan Kent, DFL-Woodbury and Senate President Jeremy Miller, R-Winona, spoke before a vote on Thursday, Nov. 12. Republicans have said no one who was known to have the virus attended the session in person, but Democrats in both chambers said they were not informed of any possible COVID-19 spread ahead of the session.

Minnesota DFL legislators are demanding more transparency from Republican senators who held large indoor gatherings that may have contributed to a COVID-19 outbreak at the Capitol.

The Capitol outbreak includes an unknown number of staffers and at least four senators, including Republican Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-East Gull Lake, who said Sunday that he's quarantining in Florida after testing positive. At least one House Republican member has also tested positive, a spokesman confirmed on Monday.

Sen. Matt Klein, DFL-Mendota Heights, is pressing for GOP leaders to share information as to whether senators and staff were potentially exposed at a private meeting, in order to prevent wider spread of the virus. News of the outbreak followed a legislative special session last week.


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