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Walz's emergency powers extended following state House vote

He'll now retain his powers through July 13.

It looks like Minnesota's governor will hang on to his controversial emergency powers a while longer. 

On Friday — the first day of the 2020 special session of the legislature — members of the state House voted to extend those emergency powers, which allow Gov. Tim Walz to issue executive orders during the coronavirus pandemic with limited input from lawmakers. 

Earlier in the day, the Republican-led Senate voted to lift Walz's powers. However, as the Post Bulletin reports, the measure needed the support of both chambers to pass.

The paper notes that, with the failure of the measure, the peacetime emergency will continue through July 13. 

It passed in the House 73-61, per KSTP's Tom Hauser:

Walz made the decision to extend Minnesota's peacetime emergency on Wednesday, a move that required him to call the special session, which is mandated every time a peacetime emergency is extended by 30 days. 

Opinions on Walz's emergency powers have been divided at the capital for weeks. 

Early last month, the GOP called on him to lift the peacetime emergency, end his "unilateral power and decision-making" and work with lawmakers — with House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt (R-Crown) threatening to block an important bonding bill if he didn't agree to the demand. 

After Friday's unsuccessful vote to lift Walz's emergency status, state Rep. Mary Franson said that lawmakers who backed him "should turn in their election certificates": 

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