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End of Session Update

Friday, May 22, 2020

Rep. Youakim


Dear Neighbors,

The Minnesota Legislature has adjourned sine die. We wrapped up passage of bills Sunday night and promptly finished at midnight.


Session Adjourned


Monday afternoon was devoted to the retirement speeches of the 14 representatives who are retiring this year. As these colleagues recapped the highlights of their legislative careers, I was inspired by the trailblazers who have contributed so much to our great state. You can watch the speeches here.

We found a fair amount of bipartisan consensus on legislation regarding the global COVID pandemic, but there is more work to be done.

2020 Accomplishments

2020 Next Steps

I anticipate us returning for a June special session to act on legislation pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic and other possible issues. More details are to come.

News from the Governor

On Monday, more COVID-19 restrictions were loosened as the new Stay Safe Minnesota executive order took effect, allowing many retail stores and main street businesses to open with a safety plan and limited capacity. Businesses must follow CDC and OSHA guidance. More information about these requirements is available here.

Bars and restaurants can open with limited capacity for patio and outdoor seating on June 1. Salons and other personal care businesses are also being allowed to reopen, but with new procedures. You can read more about the guidelines here.

COVID-19 remains a public health threat, and we all have a part to play in stopping the spread of the virus. Despite the governor’s new orders, we should all continue to take safety precautions like social distancing, wearing a mask, washing our hands, and staying home when sick. Additionally, people who may be vulnerable – like those with compromised immune systems – should continue to stay home. Read more about the Stay Safe MN plan here.

Stay Safe MN 5 Safe Practices

Honoring our Fallen Heroes

As we pause to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation this weekend, the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs is sponsoring a Virtual Memorial Day Program. TPT has created a 30-minute Memorial Day program entitled “Always Remember: A Minnesota Tribute to Veterans We’ve Lost,” that will be broadcast across the state on TPT’s Minnesota Channel on Monday at 7:30 p.m. and live streamed on TPT’s website. I hope you have a safe and relaxing Memorial Day weekend, and please take some time to remember our fallen soldiers.


Keep in Touch

Please contact me anytime with questions, ideas, or input. Email is the quickest way to reach me as I’m working remotely from home at You are also welcome to give me a call at 651-296-9889.

Stay safe and be well.