Speaker Melissa Hortman gaveled the House to order for the third special session of 2020. The special session was necessary to extend Gov. Tim Walz’s executive emergency powers related to the Covid-19 pandemic. After three tries the Senate failed again to take away Gov. Walz’s executive powers when the House approved of the extension
The House and Senate then passed SSSF1 & SSHF1, a bill that would provide $30 million in grant assistance for disability service providers.
Before adjourning the brief one-day special session sine die, the Senate removed Dept. of Labor and Industry Commissioner Nancy Leppink. The Senate minority claimed they were ambushed and objected during a debate on Commissioner Leppink’s confirmation. The Senate majority is planning to hold more hearings on other disagreements they have with commissioners in Gov. Walz’s cabinet before taking confirmation votes.
Away from the Capitol, Gov. Tim Walz appointed Jim Schowalter his new MMB Commissioner after MMB Commissioner Myron Frans left for a position at the U of M and Brigadier General Shawn Manke was named the next Adjutant General during a news conference at the Revenue Building.