SF 1 - Requires Businesses Design and Implement a Safety Preparedness Plan - Minnesota Key Vote

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Title: Requires Businesses Design and Implement a Safety Preparedness Plan

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Vote to pass a bill that requires businesses to design and implement a safety preparedness plan to resume business operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.



  • Establishes orders and rules promulgated by the​ governor, when approved by the​ Executive Council and filed in the Office of the Secretary of State, have, during a national​ security emergency, peacetime emergency, or energy supply emergency, the full force and​ effect of law. Rules and ordinances of any agency or political subdivision of the state​ inconsistent with the provisions of this chapter or with any order or rule having the force​ and effect of law issued under the authority of this chapter are suspended during the time and to the extent that the emergency exists (Sec. 1).​

  • Requires any executive order relating to a public health​ emergency for an infectious disease that closes​ or partially closes or proposes to close or partially close a business to ingress, egress, use,​ and occupancy by members of the public must (Sec. 2):​

    • Be approved by the legislature with a simple majority vote in both the Senate and the​ House of Representatives acting separately before implementation of the executive order;​ and​

    • Provide businesses subject to the executive order with 14 calendar days advanced​ notice of the closure.​

  • Authorizes a business closed to ingress, egress, use, and occupancy by members of the public​ to fully operate with no capacity limitations provided​ that the business (Sec. 3):​

    • Develops a COVID-19 safety plan, which shall provide site-specific best practices​ for the business including, but not limited to, health and wellness; social distancing; cleaning,​ sanitation, and protection; and operations and communications for employees and members​ of the public; and​

    • Makes a good faith effort to maintain a safe and healthful workplace and business​ operation. No board or licensing agency may impose any additional penalties for a violation ​of the governor's emergency executive orders.​

Title: Requires Businesses Design and Implement a Safety Preparedness Plan