An influential Republican is dismissing speculation that a planned special session later this month to approve COVID bonuses for front-line workers could be in jeopardy.     Some say Governor Tim Walz won’t call lawmakers back while some Senate Republicans are talking about ousting his Health Commissioner, Jan Malcolm.  House Deputy Republican Leader Ann Neu Brindley says about that:

“I have not heard a single Senate leader make any such comments, that they would hold up these payments to front-line workers.”

Meanwhile, Democrats and Republicans in a special working group are trying to agree on *which* front line workers should receive COVID bonuses, and what the dollar amount will be.