When the special session started last Friday, Senate GOP leader Paul Gazelka (R-East Gull Lake) made clear that he was looking toward a one-week session that would end June 19. At a press conference Thursday, he reiterated the Senate’s intention to adjourn at the end of the day today.

Beyond approving emergency funds for small businesses impacted by COVID-19, it appears little of substance will be accomplished during this special session. The Legislature still needs to pass a bonding bill and address the distribution of federal CARES Act dollars to local governments. Additionally, it appears the Legislature and Walz administration remain far apart in their efforts to hammer out an agreement on police reforms and rebuilding efforts in neighborhoods of Minneapolis and St. Paul that were impacted by recent civil unrest.

As the special session appears to be coming to a close, we continue to urge the Legislature and Governor to redouble their efforts to finish their work, even if it means continuing the special session past the arbitrary Friday deadline set by the Senate.