ST. PAUL (KMHL) – An area lawmaker is blasting the Minnesota House for allowing Gov. Walz to extend his emergency powers another month.

In a press release, Rep. Chris Swedzinski (R-Ghent) said while urgent action may have been needed on COVID-19 four months ago, the time has long passed to restore balance at the Capitol by involving the Legislature in decisions related to the situation.

“House Democrats apparently are content sitting on their hands and letting the governor make all of the decisions on issues that not only impact us now and tomorrow, but for years and potentially generations to follow,” Swedzinski said.

The governor made the decision to extend his emergency powers another month on Monday, the day he called lawmakers back into a special session. The Republican-controlled Senate, voted to strip the powers from Gov. Tim Walz, however both houses have to agree to end the emergency order.

“The serious question we need to ask House Democrats is whether they want 201 lawmakers in our Legislature making decisions, or would they rather just let one executive call the shots,” Swedzinski said.