Minnesota Senate passes critical COVID-19 relief legislation

SAINT PAUL, MN— The Minnesota Senate passed a $217 million COVID-19 relief bill that will assist small businesses across the state, provide relief through direct grants to businesses and counties, and a thirteen-week extension for unemployment insurance benefits.

After voting in favor of the bill, Senator Melisa Franzen, DFL-Edina, released the following statement:

“This $217 million relief bill will offer the critical support we need in Minnesota for our businesses, working families, and those experiencing unemployment due to this pandemic,” said Sen. Franzen. “The legislature was able to work together ensuring Minnesotans across the state can make it through this crisis with the much-needed funds from this relief bill.”

Additionally, the relief package includes regulatory fee adjustments for businesses and extends the application deadline for free-and reduced-price school lunch eligibility. It also extends certain deadlines and waives late fees for retail food, food manufacturers, wholesale food, and food broker licensure. The adjustments include a twelve-month deadline extension for permits allowing bars to sell liquor between 1 – 2 a.m. and the catering liquor license as well as late-fee waivers. 

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Melisa López Franzen represents District 49 in the southwest Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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