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Special session officially set to begin Monday, focus to be setting state budget

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The State Capitol reopened to the public Thursday.

Come Monday, 134 House members and 67 senators could also be in the building — and for quite some time.

Gov. Tim Walz has called the House and Senate back to St. Paul for a special session beginning at noon, June 14, and noted he intends to extend the COVID-19 peacetime emergency by 30 days to help the state continue to quickly and effectively respond to the pandemic.

“To continue to make progress against COVID-19, we also need to extend the peacetime emergency. To be sure, our peacetime emergency looks radically different than it did just a month ago. On May 14, based on new CDC guidance, we ended the face-covering mandate in nearly all settings. At the end of May, we rescinded nine emergency executive orders and ended all capacity restrictions on businesses and gatherings. By the end of this month, we will rescind an additional thirteen executive orders. We should all celebrate the gains that we have made, but the pandemic is not over,” Walz said in a letter to legislative leaders. “… Although we have lifted restrictions across Minnesota, stopping the COVID-19 peacetime emergency now would imperil our pandemic response and endanger our public health and economic recovery.”


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Special session officially set to begin Monday, focus to be setting state budget
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