Senator Ruud votes to remove Governor Walz’s emergency powers for the fourth time

On Friday, the Minnesota Senate voted for a fourth time on a bipartisan resolution to end Governor Tim Walz’s peacetime emergency powers relative to the COVID-19 pandemic. The vote aims to end the state’s longest peacetime emergency in history, which began when Gov. Walz first put the state under emergency powers back on March 13, 2020.

“Without the support of the House of Representative the Senate cannot restore the legislative process,” said Senator Carrie Ruud (R-Breezy Point). “We will continue to convey to the Governor that it is time for his emergency powers to come to an end. This vote is representative of our commitment to restoring the voices of the people of Minnesota.”

The vote to end the peacetime emergency was passed with bipartisan support. The resolution now heads to the House, where it requires majority support before it can be adopted.