It’s expected Governor Tim Walz will announce this afternoon (3pm) that he’s calling the Minnesota Legislature back into special session on Friday.

It’s likely the governor will extend his emergency COVID powers, and he must give lawmakers the opportunity to veto that — but while Senate Republicans want to do that, the Democrat-controlled House will likely back the governor.

House Republican Minority Leader Kurt Daudt says the governor has given no indication of what has to happen in the COVID pandemic for him to relinquish emergency powers:

“Short of those conversations, it’s very difficult to say, hey, we’re gonna get a whole bunch of work done in this legislative (special) session.”

One major item the governor might not get yet is a bonding bill for state public works projects, which he argues is essential to stimulate Minnesota’s COVID-torn economy.