Sen. Smith to introduce COVID-19 legislation

Minnesota’s junior senator in the nation’s capitol is introducing legislation today aimed to create a national testing strategy amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tina Smith, during an interview today with Bemidji Now, said the bipartisan legislation will also appropriate funding to states for items such as hiring contact tracing personnel, enter interstate compacts to procure COVID-19 testing and supplies, and deliver funds to tribal and local health offices.

Smith also spoke on where the potential second round of stimulus checks is in Washington.

Negotiations on the bill between the Democratic-controlled House and the Republican-controlled Senate are still pending.

Full interview:


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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