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Minnesota Senate adjourns special session without further action on Walz's cabinet

 

GLEN STUBBE • STAR TRIBUNE file

Senate Minority Leader Susan Kent, DFL-Woodbury, criticized the unexpected confirmation push by Republicans as a political ploy.

The Minnesota Senate adjourned after more than three weeks in special session, ending a surprise inquiry into a half dozen administration officials that led to one commissioner's resignation.

Democrats in the minority successfully pushed to end the extended special session on Wednesday instead of taking up the confirmation of two more appointees: Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Sarah Strommen and Board of Animal Health President Dean Compart. Both were expected to be confirmed by the Senate.

The vote to go home comes one day after Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Commissioner Laura Bishop quit voluntarily instead of facing a likely rejection by the chamber. Bishop's resignation prompted an outcry from Democrats, who called the unexpected confirmation push a "sham" political maneuver by Republicans in the majority to exact political revenge on DFL Gov. Tim Walz and target officials they disagree with on policy issues.

https://www.startribune.com/minnesota-senate-adjourns-special-session-without-further-action-on-walz-s-cabinet/600075806/

 

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