Governor Walz announced Wednesday he plans to extend his peacetime emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic on Friday. Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka has said he will vote to end that authority. Walz said he cautions against such a move.

“Every state in the union did this,” said Walz. “Over 40 states still in a peacetime emergency. Keeping the emergency in place allows procurement to continue. Otherwise, we’d have to go back to the sealed bid process and it could take us 90 days to get masks. And if we end up like 19 states that are seeing rises cases where we need to act quickly that could cause issues.”

The house and the senate must both vote to end the Governor’s peacetime authority. The Republican-controlled Senate is expected to house. The DFL controlled house is expected to keep the order in place.