SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Earlier this morning, the House and Senate unanimously passed emergency COVID-19 health care funding providing $200 million in investments for a health care response fund and Minnesota’s public health response contingency account. These are funds for an wide array of needs for health service responders and providers that need equipment, personnel, facilities, and the like. Senator Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, voted in favor of the funding and releases the following statement:
“During this pandemic, the health care sector in our state is on the front lines everyday taking care of Minnesotans. This morning was our second package of legislation, passed in a quick and thoughtful manner to help them get much needed funding and to ensure Minnesotans will be cared for during these challenging times. I am committed to ensuring the Legislature is able to respond to this crisis as it evolves.”
Additionally, a resolution was passed allowing the House and Senate to adjourn for more than three days. This was a necessary procedural matter that will allow lawmakers to continue to restructure work in the House and Senate to focus legislative efforts on responding to COVID-19. In the coming weeks, the Legislature will be meeting on an on-call basis, only taking up bills that have the joint support of the House and Senate DFLers and Republicans.