Despite COVID-19, state lawmakers will be back at the Minnesota Capitol more often as they address not only issues relating to the pandemic but also items temporarily on hold. Senate Republican Majority Leader Paul Gazelka:

“I would say I think it’s time for the Minnesota Senate to get back to work as normal, but frankly it’s a new normal.”

Gazelka says it’s critical to get Minnesotans’ livelihoods back on track, plus tighten state government’s belt for an expected budget deficit. Gazelka says Senate lawmakers are also talking about assistance for Mayo Clinic and the U-of-M, plus allowing restaurants to serve alcohol with take-out orders.   House Democratic leaders are talking about housing assistance and making the November election a fully mail-in ballot in Minnesota.