ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) - Minnesota legislative Democrats backed Gov. Tim Walz and voted to keep the governor's peacetime emergency powers over the coronavirus in place despite stiff opposition from Republicans.
The Democratic-controlled House voted 73-61 to continue Walz's emergency powers after hours of contentious debate. Earlier, the GOP-controlled Senate voted 38-29 to end the emergency.
Three Democratic senators -- Kent Eken, Melisa Franzen and John Hoffman -- joined with all 35 Republicans voting yes, though Franzen later said her vote was in error and she would ask to have it reconsidered.
Walz first declared a peacetime emergency on March 13 to deal with the virus pandemic. He extended his emergency powers Friday, and was therefore required to call lawmakers back into a special session.