Mediator Selected to Resolve Dispute Between Dayton, Legislature

September 13, 2017 02:19 PM

A retired Hennepin County district court judge with a history of high-profile mediation experience has been selected to help resolve the dispute over Gov. Mark Dayton's line-item veto of nearly $130 million in funding for the state legislature.

The two sides notified the Minnesota Supreme Court Tuesday that Rick Solum has been selected as the mediator in the matter.

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The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Friday that Dayton's veto was constitutional, but ordered the two sides to enter mediation.

The court made clear that ruling Dayton's veto was constitutional "did not end the matter."

The ruling stated the governor and legislature must notify the court by Tuesday of the mediator the two sides have agreed to use.

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Solum has previously served as mediator in a number of high-profile cases, including a dispute over the value of the land Target Field was built on and a dispute over the buyout for former Minnesota Gophers basketball coach Clem Haskins. 

Dayton used the line-item veto to force the Republican-controlled House and Senate to rework major tax bill provisions and other measures he signed into law earlier this year.

RELATED: Judge Rules in Favor of House, Senate in Lawsuit Against Dayton

At a press conference Tuesday, Dayton said "important constitutional issues" still need to be resolved in the dispute.

He also declared last Friday's Supreme Court as a victory, saying any view to the contrary by Republicans was just "spinning" what the court ruled.

However, he did say the dispute is costly when it comes to legal fees and needs to be resolved as quickly as possible.

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