ST. PAUL, Minn. (KEYC) —The Minnesota House blocked a resolution Tuesday that would end Gov. Tim Walz’ Peacetime Emergency declaration.
The resolution was proposed by the New House Republican Caucus, which is led by Rep. Steve Drazkowski (R-Mazeppa) and includes Rep. Cal Bahr (R-East Bethel), Rep. Tim Miller (R-Prinsburg) and Rep. Jeremy Munson (R-Lake Crystal).
The proposed resolution would have ended the executive orders Walz issued and allow elected members of the Minnesota Legislature to vote on what rules, orders, and policies be put in place to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a vote of 15-105 on Tuesday, state representatives blocked the resolution from being debated, discussed and voted upon further.
“The Governor’s executive orders were well-intentioned and designed to protect public health. We commend him for that,” said Miller. “However, the long term use of these executive orders, and the social isolation they create, has caused harmful unintended consequences. What was good policy many weeks ago has now created heavy burdens for many people. Minnesotans are entitled to weigh in on the Governor’s actions.”
“The legislators who blocked this resolution essentially voted to silence the people,” Munson said. “I helped bring this resolution forward, and I would have voted in favor of the resolution itself if I was given the chance. The people are entitled to have their voices heard through their duly elected legislators. We demand freedom, representation, and the ability to legislate. The Governor alone should not be writing policy for the entire state. To circumvent state legislators and the people’s house in responding to this pandemic is wrong.”
The proposed resolution also would have allowed the Minnesota Legislature to strike a proper balance between protecting public health and revitalizing a slowing economy, the NHRC said.
“The people should be outraged that their elected representatives decided to surrender their election certificates today,” stated Bahr. “The representatives who were too timid to hear this resolution essentially decided to concentrate even more power in the Governor’s hands. The authors of our constitution would be disgusted to find that this government has crowned the Governor and given him a new title: King Timothy I of Minnesota.”