The third time’s a charm, said Minnesota State Sen. Jim Abeler (R-Anoka), ringleader of an extended battle for emergency funds to sustain disability services through the COVID-19 era.
After shepherding bills through the Senate three times, he finally got his wish in the August special session. The Senate voted unanimously, and the House passed the bill with only one nay vote. Soon after, Governor Tim Walz signed it, allocating $30.4 million in federal relief funds.
“This became about the clients,” said Sen. Abeler, who with a “supporting cast of characters,” in the Senate passed the bills 67-0 on the Senate floor, again and again, waiting for the House to take up the measure so it could go to the governor for his signature.-more-