Update on Legislative Session
New Covid-19 Legislation Passes- Workers’ Compensation Protections for Health Care Workers
Today Governor Walz signed HF 4537 / SF 4458 into law. This bill addresses workers’ compensation claims for employees who contract COVID-19 during their duties as health care workers — including home health care workers, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers and firefighters. Corrections facility officers and counselors, as well as child care workers providing care for the children of health care workers and first responders are also included.
These workers will be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits without having to provide proof that they contracted COVID-19 from a particular patient on a particular day. The bill passed 130-4 in the House and unanimously in the Senate yesterday. You can read the full bill here.
Stay at Home Order Extended until May 4th
Governor Walz has extended the Stay at Home order through May 03, 2020 at 11:59 pm. He also announced an extension to the public accommodations order, which means that bars, restaurants and other public accommodations will be closed until May 4. You can view full details and clarification around the extended order here .
The Council offered testimony during the Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy Division on this past Monday. The testimony was in support of the Ombudsman for Corrections recommendations to Legislature and Commissioner of Corrections to mitigate the potential spread of Covid-19 and to address potential barriers that may exist, especially for those of African Heritage who are disproportionately represented in our state’s corrections system. You can view our letter of support here.
You can also view the remote hearing schedule for all committees and watch live and past hearings here.
The Senate’s bipartisan COVID-19 Response Working Group has held several meetings on a range of Covid-19 related issues with presentations on Unemployment Insurance, Long Term Care, the State Budget and several others. You can view all past meetings and the schedule here.
State of the State Address
Governor Walz gave his State of the State address this past Sunday, April 5th. You can view his the State of the state address here.
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