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Minnesota House of Representatives passes COVID-19 assistance package

Thursday, March 26, 2020

St. Paul, Minnesota — This afternoon, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed a package of legislation to assist Minnesotans coping with the COVID-19 pandemic and its related disruptions. The House also enacted a temporary rule allowing members to vote on legislation remotely during the current peacetime emergency.

Minnesotans are facing significant medical concerns and financial hardships, and today the Minnesota House of Representatives took steps to safeguard their health and economic well-being,” said Speaker Melissa Hortman. “There is a lot more work ahead of us. We will continue working closely with Governor Walz and his administration as we navigate this pandemic.”

“Today’s vote is another legislative step to address this public health crisis, but we know there are more issues we will need to address in the coming days, weeks, and months,” said Majority Leader Winkler. “This public health crisis will have an unpredictable and lasting impact on our state. We are already looking ahead and exploring options to address the long-term consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The members of the Minnesota House of Representatives will continue working hard on behalf of the people of Minnesota.”

The text of the legislation can be found here.