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UPDATE: MN lawmakers pass $330M COVID-19 response bill

UPDATE: MN lawmakers pass $330M COVID-19 response bill

KAAL-TV
Updated: March 26, 2020 05:43 PM
Created: March 26, 2020 01:56 PM

(ABC 6 News) - The Minnesota Legislature has passed a $330-million package to help in the fight against COVID-19.

The bill is now on its way to Governor Tim Walz's desk for signature.

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The bill covers a large range of efforts including a $220-million General Fund appropriations a specific COVID-19 Fund that would help state agencies respond to the outbreak.

The House passed the bill 99-4 and sent it to the Senate where it passed unanimously.

Minnesota state, local and tribal governments are also expected to get nearly $2.2-billion under a bill the U.S. Senate passed.

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(KSTP) - The Minnesota House of Representatives passed a $330 million bill authorizing more funding for the state to combat COVID-19 Thursday afternoon. It passed by a vote of 99-4.

The legislation, HF4531, is actually a package of bills to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, headlined by a bill that moves $200 million from the state's general fund to the COVID-19 Minnesota fund. Gov. Tim Walz will have broad discretion on how to use that money to combat the virus when signed into law.

The funding is on top of several earlier bills passed by the legislature in response to the virus.

The bill is expected to be taken up by the Minnesota Senate Thursday afternoon in an effort to pass it and get it to Gov. Walz's desk for his signature.


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