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Capitol Newsletter from Rep. Paul Novotny

Friday, April 10, 2020

From my family to yours, Happy Easter!

On Wednesday, Governor Walz extended the state’s stay at home order to May 4th. The Governor also announced flexibility for more businesses to continue operating including lawn care, landscaping, agricultural equipment repair, garden centers, nurseries, and more.

I know a lot of individuals and businesses are struggling as a result of the closures and folks are wondering when things will return to normal. Every day I hear from families and small businesses whose lives have been turned upside-down. 

Please know that legislators have been pushing the administration on a daily basis, asking for exemptions, flexibility and common sense. If there are businesses that can protect the safety of employees and customers, we should allow them to do so. 

Please reach out to my office or visit the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development’s website for information regarding loans available for small businesses.

If you were recently laid off, please visit to apply for unemployment.

Finally, if you have any questions about the executive order, please click here:

House Approves Workers’ Compensation for Front-Line Workers

On Tuesday, the Legislature met to pass a bill that provides workers' compensation insurance to front-line workers who contract COVID-19. The bill represents an agreement made by legislators from both parties in the House and Senate and advocates from labor and business groups.

I was proud to vote for this bill in support of the nurses, firefighters, police officers, paramedics, health care providers, personal care attendants, corrections officers, and others who are so bravely caring for us.

Our front-line workers deserve to know that Minnesota has their backs as they care for the sick and keep us safe and healthy. Tuesday’s bill is one small step to make sure they are taken care of.

Staying in Touch

Please reach out to my office if you have questions or if I can assist you in any way. My phone number is 651-296-4237 or you can email me at

Be well and Happy Easter,