Senate Republicans have a number of bills queued up to limit or cancel Governor Tim Walz’s COVID emergency powers but it’s unclear how soon they’ll bring them up for a vote. The governor said Friday he told the legislature he’d welcome them replacing some of his executive orders with new state laws on things like the mask mandate:

“I have not got a single word of reply from the Senate and not one hearing…. In the absence of that,   if I don’t want hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans to be evicted, if I don’t want my ability to order PPE and to shift the National Guard to give vaccines, all of that would end.”

But Republicans want the governor to re-open school classrooms for all grades, and the same for all businesses. Walz says he’ll do that as soon as scientific data shows it’s safe.