Republicans plus four Democrats (Senators Kent Eken, John Hoffman, Dan Sparks and Dave Tomassoni) in the Minnesota Senate have passed a bill that would allow businesses with COVID-19 preparedness plans to re-open, despite Governor Tim Walz’s order. Anoka Senator Jim Abeler contends businesses are unnecessarily suffering:

“These places are languishing. They are expiring. Every day, in everyone’s district, someone is losing another business, to never open.”

Minneapolis Democrat Bobby Joe Champion responds he wants businesses up and thriving, but also wants the public to be healthy:

“I don’t want those businesses to open before it’s time, and then put the workers at risk, the owners at risk, their families at risk.”

The bill has little chance in the Democrat-controlled Minnesota House.