(Learfield News Service/St. Paul, MN) It’s expected Governor Tim Walz will announce this afternoon (Wednesday) that he’s calling the legislature back into special session on Friday and extending his emergency COVID powers.
State law requires the governor, each time he extends emergency powers, to give the legislature an opportunity to cancel them — but that likely won’t happen because, while the Republican-controlled Senate will try to do that, the Democrat-controlled House will likely side with Walz.
House Republican leaders have said, if Walz does not relinquish his emergency powers so Minnesota’s economy fully re-opens, they won’t approve a bonding bill for state public works projects — something the governor argues is essential for economic recovery.
Also swirling in the mix: Demands for police reform, prompted by the death of George Floyd. Democrats want immediate action. Republicans say they need time to fully vet all the options.