2020 Legislative Session

February 29, 2020

May 17 - Last Day of Session - Sine Die

                  Capitol So Quiet You Could Hear Paint Peeling

Brian Pease, Capitol Historical Site Manager, takes the time on the last day of the 2020 Session to make an inventory of where the paint is peeling off the walls around the Capitol building. The COVID-19 pandemic made the last day of the session so quiet with no lobbyists, reporters or protests moving around the building that you could almost hear the paint pealing off the walls. The only constant sound was the Senate and House clerks’ calling the roll of members voting right up to Sine Die at midnight.

May 8 - Innovative COVID-19 Testing

A booth about the size of a phone booth is the latest innovative way to test people that may have contracted the COVID-19 virus. The booth was the invention of the University of Minnesota Science and Engineering Dept in partnership with M Health Fairview. Nine of the booths will be place around the Twin Cities and will be able to do up to 24 tests an hour. The biggest advantage of the booths is the savings of the use of PPE such as gowns, gloves, shields and face masks.

 April 30 - Around St. Paul - Masks & Social Distancing

Gov. Tim Walz announced April 30 that the stay-at-home order would be in affect until May 19. A variety of retail business can start curbside pickup of purchases while bars and restaurants will remain take-out only until May 18.

 April 14 - Emergency Insulin & 4th COVID-19 Bills

The House meets to take up the Insulin Conference Committee Report on HF3100 the Emergency Insulin bill and fourth COVID-19 bill HF4556 dealing with marriage licenses, farmers debt relief, the courts, food shelves and uninsured corona virus testing and treatment.