The federal government is still reviewing a request for flood relief in southern Minnesota. That means Governor Pawlenty’s hopes of calling a special session on Monday will not happen. Here’s the release from Pawlenty’s office:
Governor Pawlenty has postponed calling a Special Session of the legislature, originally scheduled for Monday, October 11, 2010, because the federal government is still reviewing the Governor’s request for a federal disaster declaration. The federal declaration is necessary in order to determine the state’s share of relief.
The Governor requested the disaster declaration on October 1 as a result of flooding caused by severe storms that began on September 22 in southern Minnesota. Preliminary assessments indicate a total of $64.1 million in damage.
In order to provide prompt relief to those in need, the Governor intends to call a special session shortly after receiving the declaration.