ST. PAUL, MN — State Representative Paul Novotny, R-Elk River, issued the following statement regarding the passage of House File 4531, a package of bills that continue the Minnesota Legislature's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Today, the legislature took decisive and overwhelmingly bipartisan action to ensure Minnesota has the resources needed to prepare and respond to the the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Rep. Novotny. “My focus will remain on supporting constituents during this difficult time. While we do not necessarily know what the future holds, I am confident that Minnesotans will come together in the coming weeks to support each other.”
Over the past week, the four legislative caucuses have been working together to negotiate a variety of provisions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to the efforts of House Republicans, there are multiple sunsets, reporting requirements, and other accountability measures. Earlier this month, the legislature approved $221 million in funding to assist with COVID-19 preparation and response.