As Minnesotans across the state are adhering to Governor Walz’s Stay-at-Home order, the Legislature has been shifting gears to accommodate epidemiological best practices for social distancing. Though the full Legislature is currently adjourned and isn’t expected to meet in-person again until mid-April, legislative work has begun to occur through the use of telecommuting applications in order to maintain the level of transparency Minnesotans expect from their elected representatives as members continue their valuable legislative work amidst this crisis.
The Senate held its first virtual meeting this week for a bipartisan COVID-19 Response Working Group focused on the legislative response to the virus. Steps are being taken to ensure the public is able to provide input and feedback on any proposed legislative solutions as they are crafted. Holding these hearings virtually will protect the health and safety of members, staff, and the public. If you are interested in watching any virtual meetings, the public live stream will be available on the Senate’s live video page in addition to the Minnesota Senate’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MnSenate/videos.