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Legislative Update: March 23

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 23, 2020

Life in Minnesota has changed dramatically over the past week as the coronavirus continues to spread across the country and the world. The Legislature has remained on recess, but Executive Orders from Governor Walz have been coming on a near daily basis.

Over the weekend Governor Walz signed executive order 20-13 that activates the Minnesota National Guard for assistance with the coronavirus pandemic during the peacetime emergency. The National Guard's first mission is to move personal protective equipment from Camp Ripley in Little Falls to the Minnesota Department of Health warehouse in St. Paul where they can then be moved to the health care workers in need. Governor Walz also suggested that the National Guard could eventually be used to help deliver food if that service becomes necessary in Minnesota.

On Monday Governor Walz issued another 4 executive orders. The orders suspend evictions during the peacetime emergency, establish Peacetime Emergency loans for small businesses, direct non-hospital entities to conduct an inventory of personal protective equipment, and clarify that the previous Executive Order on elective surgeries does apply to veterinarians. There has been a lot of talk about the potential for a “shelter in place” order as similar announcements have been made in neighboring states, but that announcement has not yet been made as of this writing (Monday).

There have also been rumors of the Legislature coming back into Session before the end of the scheduled recess, currently targeted for April 14th. Nothing has yet been scheduled, but we will continue to monitor the Legislature and report on any changes to the schedule.

Stay safe, stay sane.

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