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as introduced - 92nd Legislature, 2021 1st Special Session (2021 - 2021) Posted on 06/27/2021 10:46am

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underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to state government; establishing a COVID-19 public health disaster
response; terminating the peacetime emergency declared in Executive Order No.
20-01.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1. new text beginCOVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH DISASTER RESPONSE.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin COVID-19 response powers. new text end

new text begin The state's COVID-19 public health
response is governed by this act, as of the effective date of this section. The powers granted
to the governor under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 12, do not apply to the COVID-19
infectious disease outbreak unless explicitly authorized by this section or subsequent
legislative enactment.
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new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Public health disaster declaration; eligibility for federal assistance. new text end

new text begin (a)
Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, the commissioner of human services, in
consultation with the commissioner of health, may declare a public health disaster if the
commissioner determines that the state must take action to protect the public health, including
providing public health services or enforcing existing health and human services laws, as
part of the state's response to the ongoing COVID-19 infectious disease outbreak.
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new text begin (b) A public health disaster declared under this section must support the efforts of the
Department of Human Services to maximize and maintain the following federal benefits:
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new text begin (1) emergency allotments under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program;
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new text begin (2) blanket waivers enacted by the United States Department of Health and Human
Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services;
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new text begin (3) waivers under section 1135 of the Social Security Act;
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new text begin (4) waivers under section 1915(c) of the Social Security Act, including appendix K;
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new text begin (5) funding under the Stafford Act related to noncongregate sheltering; and
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new text begin (6) federal Medicaid and basic health program funding.
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new text begin (c) During a public health disaster declared under this section, the commissioner of
health may coordinate, allocate, distribute, and manage vaccine doses, therapeutics, and
testing to respond to COVID-19.
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new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Emergency procurement. new text end

new text begin During a public health disaster declared under this
section, the governor may exercise the powers authorized by Minnesota Statutes, section
12.36, for procurements related to the distribution or administration of COVID-19 vaccines
and testing supplies.
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new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Expiration. new text end

new text begin A public health disaster declared under this section expires on the
earlier of the following dates:
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new text begin (1) the date the commissioner of human services determines the public health disaster
declaration is no longer necessary; or
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new text begin (2) the public health emergency issued under section 319 of the Public Health Service
Act expires, subject to renewal by the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services.
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new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
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Sec. 2. new text beginTERMINATION OF PEACETIME EMERGENCY.
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new text begin Consistent with Minnesota Statutes, section 12.31, subdivision 2, paragraph (b), the
peacetime emergency declared by Executive Order No. 20-01 issued March 13, 2020, is
terminated.
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new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
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