ST. PAUL — State Rep. Bud Nornes, R-Fergus Falls, issued the following statement regarding Thursday’s passage of HF4531, a package of bills that continue the Minnesota Legislature's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Bipartisan solutions were the focus today in the House as we came together to help the people of Minnesota,” Nornes said. “This was a glimmer of positivity amid the challenging situation we find ourselves in as we attempt to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. I hope this display of unity in the House sets the standard for how we do business in St. Paul on this issue.
“More work remains and we will continue taking on issues that surely will arise related to this outbreak. Many unknowns still exist and my focus is on helping the businesses and families of District 8A because we're all in this together.”
Over the past week, the four legislative caucuses have been working together to negotiate a variety of provisions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. House Republicans successfully advocated for multiple sunsets, reporting requirements, and other accountability measures. Earlier this month, the legislature approved $221 million in funding to assist with COVID-19 preparation and response.