Gov. Walz calls sixth special session for Thursday

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Gov. Tim Walz on Monday said he will convene the sixth special session of the Minnesota Legislature on Thursday.

“Amid climbing COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, Walz intends to extend the COVID-19 peacetime emergency by 30 days,” a news release said. The extension will mark a total of about 274 days or nearly nine months Minnesota has been under a state of emergency.

“This is a dangerous phase of this pandemic. We’re in the midst of a surge in case positivity and hospitalizations,” Walz said in a statement. “Extending the Peacetime Emergency will help ensure we have the tools we need to respond quickly to protect Minnesotans’ health and well-being.”

The special session follows an increase in new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths.

Minnesota’s case positivity rate is above 10 percent.

The state reported 3,930 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 19 deaths on Monday, 14 of which were residents of a long-term care facility.

Minnesota’s peacetime emergency is consistent with the emergencies declared in 48 other states, so governors can quickly respond to COVID-19.

A majority vote in the House and Senate would override Walz’s emergency powers, but if the previous five special sessions are any indication, the GOP-controlled Senate will move to revoke his emergency powers, but the DFL-led House won’t.





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