Minnesota Legislature back for fifth special session

The Minnesota Legislature is back in another special session, as Gov. Tim Walz extended the peacetime state of emergency for the fifth time, effective through November.

The legislature is called to resume special sessions to give the House and Senate an opportunity to strike down the governor’s declaration, which House and Senate Republicans have attempted multiple times but the DFL-controlled House keeps the declaration underway.

The House will consider a Jobs and Local Projects Bill, which, according to Speaker of the House Melissa Hortmann, will contain a tax credit and help the economy.

The “Jobs and Project Bill” contains what is commonly known as the bonding bill, and in the House’s version of the bill, the city of Bemidji has around $10 million for a water treatment plant to clean PFAs out of the drinking water. The plant began construction earlier this summer.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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