Senator Eken Supports Walz’s Plan for Elimination of Emergency Powers
St. Paul, MN — Governor Tim Walz showed the first sign since the beginning of the pandemic that he may be interested in giving up his emergency executive powers. Walz indicated that he would give up his powers if a number of COVID-19 measures were put into place. Those include a statewide mask mandate, flexibility for schools to choose their learning model, protections for workers from unsafe conditions, unemployment support, continuation of the eviction moratorium, and protections for Minnesotans against price gouging on essential goods and services. District 4 State Senator Kent Eken, who has historically voted against party lines to eliminate Walz’s emergency powers, says pending some provisions, this is a plan he would likely support.
Senator Eken notes that he also would support a change that would require Walz to ask for the emergency powers, rather than the House and Senate having to vote to take it away.
Senator Eken is beginning his 3rd term in the Minnesota Senate.