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RELEASE: Rep. John Poston Calls on Walz to Set Clear End-Date for Emergency Powers

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

ST. PAUL, MN — Ahead of an expected announcement this week by Governor Walz loosening Minnesota's COVID restrictions, Representative John Poston, R-Lake Shore, is calling for transparent and concrete dates and/or metrics for the end of the peacetime emergency. Just this week, Florida lifted all remaining COVID restrictions, and Governors of Democrat states like New York and California have established target dates for the lifting of capacity limits and other COVID restrictions. Other deep-blue states like Connecticut lifted capacity limits starting as far back as March.

“For more than a year, Governor Walz has been making unilateral decisions that have resulted in significant economic and social harm to millions of Minnesotans,” said Rep. Poston. “With vaccines widely available and infection rates falling, it’s clear that the emergency phase of the pandemic is long over. It’s time for Governor Walz to give up his emergency powers and work with the legislature as the state’s constitution intended.”

House Republicans have voted more than a dozen times to end the peacetime emergency, and have put forward numerous proposals to end or modify the Governor's Chapter 12 powers, as well as proposals to establish timelines and metrics that would end the peacetime emergency. Democrats have refused to advance those proposals in the House, and have even stonewalled proposals from their own party to wind down the Governor's emergency powers.

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