Peacetime Emergency

Governor Walz deploys Minnesota National Guard and State Patrol amid Minneapolis unrest

MINNEAPOLIS–Gov. Tim Walz has declared a Peacetime Emergency in Minneapolis after several nights of unrest. Additionally, at the request of the Mayor of Minneapolis, Gov. Walz mobilized the Minnesota National Guard and Minnesota State Patrol. The National Guard and State Patrol will help local authorities disperse crowds, prevent looting and make arrests. Walz said, “Minneapolis, it’s time to heal. We…

Gov. Walz calls special legislative session for police reform and accountability

ST. PAUL, Minn.–Gov. Tim Walz plans to convene a special legislative session to push for police reform and accountability on July 13. Gov. Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan have previously shown support for the Minnesota People of Color and Indigenous Caucus’ police reform recommendations as well as the Attorney General’s Police-Involved Deadly Force Encounters Working Group. The proposals from…

Governor Walz extends peacetime emergency

The extended declaration will last until July 13.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–Gov. Tim Walz has extended the COVID-19 peacetime emergency. The peacetime emergency declaration allows the state to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic strategically. According to Gov. Walz, the declaration will protect Minnesotans against evictions and wage garnishments, provide expedited PPE shipments and will protect workers from unsafe conditions. “Minnesotans’ health and safety is our top priority, and the…

Gov. Walz activates Minnesota National Guard amid protests over George Floyd’s death

ST. PAUL, Minn.–Gov. Tim Walz has signed an Executive Order activating the Minnesota National Guard and declaring a peacetime emergency amid the death of George Floyd. The National Guard has been called on to provide safety to Minnesotans and maintain peace after the protests became dangerous for protesters and first responders. Walz said, “It is time to rebuild. Rebuild the…