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In an unprecedented move, the Minnesota Legislature officially recessed on March 17, but allowed themselves the capability to return upon agreement from legislative leaders.
Yesterday, both the House of Representatives and Senate gaveled back in for just the afternoon. Each body approved an additional $330.6 million package to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Minnesota.
“This is just the beginning, but it is an important first step,” said House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler (DFL-Golden Valley). “… It will be our job to help Minnesota recover, revive, and move on.”
This new bill covers a much larger range of efforts, most notably a $200 million General Fund appropriation to create a COVID-19 Fund that Minnesota Management and Budget would draw upon to help state agencies respond to the outbreak.
A COVID-19 Response Commission, made up of legislative leaders and chairs of the House and Senate finance committees, would be created to review expenditures from the fund greater than $1 million.
Other budget items proposed in the bill include:
Policy measures in the bill would:
Legislative leaders maintained the capability to return to the Capitol in order to approve necessary legislation related to COVID-19 and its impacts to the economy. All other legislation unrelated to the pandemic has been temporarily put on the sidelines.
Credit: House of Representatives Public Information Services Further details can be found at the Legislative Website.
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