Instead, they want to "strongly encourage" that people wear masks.
Paul Gazelka introduced a motion Tuesday to make independent Sen. David Tomassoni president pro tempore of the Senate.
A handful of newly elected state senators are slated to attend the Jan. 5 event.
The senate majority leader is under fire for his handling of the situation.
The Iron Range senators said this move will help them better serve their districts.
Dems say "NO ONE in the DFL nor non-partisan staff was told."
The bill now heads to the Republican-controlled Senate.
They don't believe the state Department of Human Rights can conduct an unbiased investigation.
The DFL is already eyeing his district as an opportunity to flip.
The Minnesota House of Representatives has yet to vote on a similar bill.
It went from awkward in Duluth to even more awkward on national TV.