The Republican led Minnesota Senate adjourned early this afternoon without voting on the Resolution to End Walz' Emergency Powers. Every 30 day extension of Emergency Powers by Governor Walz requires him to call back the Legislature to decide if he should keep his powers. It's the sole reason for the Legislature entering into session, although Senator Michelle Benson, on behalf of Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, did not bring forward the Resolution to End Walz' Emergency Powers before adjourning sine die.
Senate Republicans did, however, vote today to appoint a Democrat to preside over the Senate. Sen David Tomassoni was voted in as the Senate President to fill out the remainder of the 2020 Legislative Session (which will include the December Special Session).
In the Minnesota House, members of the New House Republican Caucus (Reps Drazkowski, Munson & Bahr) made a motion to suspend the House rules in order to vote on the End Walz' Emergency Powers Resolution. Following his speech, Rep Drazkowski asked for a roll call vote which requires 15 members to raise their hand. Republican Minority leader, and lobbyist, Kurt Daudt, also failed Minnesotans today by instructing the Old House Republican Caucus to deny the fifteen hands needed for a registered role call vote. So the vote occurred by voice vote and it was ruled by the Speaker to not pass. Daudt's moved denied Minnesotans from knowing where legislators stood on this important issue.
It's clear that now that the election is over, Republican and Democrat leaders do not actually care about stopping the tyrannical power grab of Minnesota's governor. Walz's Executive Order 20-96 prohibits bars/restaurants to stay open past 10 pm, limits weddings/funerals to only 25 people and prohibits citizens from having four people in their home from other families. Violators of Governor Walz' decree will face a $1,000 fine or 90 days in jail. His order also equips the Attorney General, Keith Ellison, to investigate violators and recoup the costs of investigation.
Senator Benson, Sen Gazelka and Rep Kurt Daudt (RINOs) all failed Minnesota businesses and private citizens by not bringing forward accountability on the most important vote facing our state. Walz now has 30 days free of any interference by the Legislature.