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Minnesota Senate aims to curb Gov. Tim Walz's emergency powers


March 16, 2021

Leila Navidi, Star Tribune

Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka speaks during a news conference outside the State Capitol on Oct. 19, 2020.

Minnesota Senate Republicans are aiming to curb the executive powers that have enabled Gov. Tim Walz to impose a mask mandate, change how businesses and schools operate and restrict social gatherings.

A year after Walz first declared a state of peacetime emergency, allowing him to act quickly during the COVID-19 pandemic, the GOP-controlled Senate voted 38-29 Monday on a proposal that would make it easier for them to end those powers.

"Balance needs to be restored. We need to become coequal branches of government again," said Sen. David Osmek, R-Mound, who sponsored the bill he said would once again make legislators active partners with the executive branch.


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