Governor Walz will keep his emergency COVID powers after the Democrat-led state House today voted (69-64) to support the extension. State House Speaker Melissa Hortman says the powers remain essential amid the pandemic…

“The covid 19 emergency has not ended and our country has experienced needless death and suffering due to the president’s failed leadership.”

Republican Representative Anne Neu of North Branch acknowledged the seriousness of COVID-19 but said no executive orders have been issued on the pandemic for months…

“This is like Groundhog’s Day. we’ve been here every month doing this since March, and yet very little has changed, almost nothing has changed.”

The Republican-led Senate voted 36-31 against extending the governor’s emergency powers for another 30 days.