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Gov. Walz calls special session focusing on police reform & economic recovery

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DULUTH, MN. -- Wednesday, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced a special session, starting Friday, focusing on two topics: police reform and Minnesota's economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

"It's time to make a transformational change." That's the message from Minnesota Gov. Walz, as he calls on the legislature to convene for a special session starting Friday.

"Let's show them that democracy works. Let's show them that in this moment, that what those people did, going to the streets, makes a difference. Let's show them that by raising up their voices and asking for change, it can come about," said Walz.

The Governor and his administration, said they support the recommendations on police reform and accountability, brought forth by a number of groups.

"What's before us in this moment, is not business as usual. It is an extraordinary opportunity and an unprecedented moment," said Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, DFL Minnesota.

As for how long the special session will last, Gov. Walz said they can't put a timeline on creating change.

"We can leave, when we get the people's work done. We can leave when we make sure we have addressed and started on a path of true reform," added Walz.

The Governor also laid out plans to build a stronger and more equitable economy. The economic recovery plan is focused both on COVID-19 and rebuilding communities damaged during protests.

"Minnesota can be a model and our state can show how we can listen to communities, they will be heard, and seen and valued and the solutions that come directly from them, will be the solutions that we move in the legislature," added Flanagan.

Gov. Walz also announced plans to extend the COVID-19 peacetime emergency by 30-days to ensure the state can quickly respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

It also means the state continues to receive $50 million a month in federal aid.

The peacetime emergency is different than the stay at home order.

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Ryan Compeau

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