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A screenshot from a press conference Nov. 23, 2020, where Gov. Tim Walz announced a special session to address aid for business during the latest COVID restrictions. (Submitted photo: Courtesy of Office of the Governor)
A screenshot from a press conference Nov. 23, 2020, where Gov. Tim Walz announced a special session to address aid for business during the latest COVID restrictions. (Submitted photo: Courtesy of Office of the Governor)

Governor signs deadline waiver

Gov. Tim Walz has signed a bill that waives statutory deadlines on court proceedings by two months.

House File 114 achieved what increasingly looks like the near-impossible. It got the vote of every single lawmaker who pressed the button.

For those keeping score, the final full-Legislature tally was 197-0. The bill cleared its last hurdle when the Senate voted 65-0 to pass it on Feb. 11. Only the absence that day of Sen. Matt Klein, DFL-Mendota Heights, prevented a true clean sweep.

Walz signed it into law the next day.

The COVID-19-related legislation updates a 2020 session law, which tolled statutory deadlines on the courts, including statutes of limitations. They were set to expire on Feb. 15.

With Walz’s signature, the new expiration date is April 15.

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About Kevin Featherly

Kevin Featherly, who joined BridgeTower Media in mid-2016, is a journalist and former freelance writer who has covered politics, law, business, technology and popular culture for publications and websites in the Twin Cities and nationally since the mid-1990s.

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