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Rep. Mekeland: Package approved to combat COVID-19

Thursday, March 26, 2020

ST. PAUL — Rep. Shane Mekeland, R-Clear Lake, issued the following statement regarding Thursday’s passage of HF4531, a package of bills that continues the Minnesota Legislature's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“There is no blueprint for us to follow as we take on the COVID-19 outbreak because we’ve never encountered anything quite like this in modern history,” Mekeland said. “We are all in this together, so it is important to work together and that’s what we did today at the Capitol. I’m just focusing on doing what I can to help businesses and families in our area work through this tough situation. Our work is far from finished on this issue.”

Over the past week, the four legislative caucuses have been working together to negotiate a variety of provisions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. House Republicans successfully advocated for multiple sunsets, reporting requirements, and other accountability measures. Earlier this month, the legislature approved $221 million in funding to assist with COVID-19 preparation and response.


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