The Minnesota Supreme Court seemed to wrestle with plaintiffs counsel arguments challenging that the state’s Emergency Management Act of 1996 “authorizes the Governor to declare a peacetime emergency based on a public-health emergency such as the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The question came before the court, following years of litigation revolving around Gov. Tim Walz’s decision to issue Emergency Executive Order 20-01 in 2020, which declared a peacetime emergency in Minnesota relating to COVID-19 and was extended numerous times.