Rep. Persell provides legislative update for third special session

Bemidji’s representative in the Minnesota House John Persell announced that a bill distributing CARES Act dollars to disability service retention and public health grants has reached consensus in both the House and Senate. 

The legislation provides $30.4 million to these programs.

Gov. Tim Walz is expected to sign it into law.

The peacetime state of emergency was extended another 30 days during this special session. Senate Republicans voted to block the extension, but without support in the DFL-controlled House to also block, the order remains.

Listen to a full interview from Tuesday below.


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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