At Issue: June 18 - GOP Lawmakers Sue Governor Dayton; MN Members of Congress React to Shooting of Colleague

June 18, 2017 05:40 PM

GOP Legislative Leaders Sue Governor Dayton; Prepare for Expensive Legal Battle

The constitutional battle between Republican lawmakers and Gov. Mark Dayton goes to court at the end of the month. Lawmakers filed suit against the governor this week, saying his line-item vetoes of funding for the House and Senate are unconstitutional. They hope this lawsuit will prevent devastating effects on the state, including hundreds of staff layoffs, a hit to the state's credit rating and missed bond payments on the new Senate Office Building.


The governor wants to renegotiate parts of the tax bill he signed into law last month, along with some other issues. Republicans have said they will not renegotiate the bills that are part of the $46 billion, two-year budget deal. 

Both sides have hired powerful legal teams to represent them in court. Dayton hired Sam Hanson, a former Minnesota Supreme Court justice, rather than having Attorney General Lori Swanson represent him. GOP lawmakers will be represented by attorney Doug Kelly. 

The two sides will head to court June 26, four days before the House and Senate run out of new funding.

Members of Minnesota Congressional Delegation React to Shooting of Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise

The shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, at a congressional baseball practice for the Republican team left many members of Congress shaken this week. Scalise was critically injured in Wednesday's shooting; his condition was upgraded to 'serious' on Saturday. Four others were hurt, including two Capitol police officers. 

Rep. Erik Paulsen, R-Minnesota, plays on the Republican congressional baseball team and is roommates with Scalise. He was supposed to attend Wednesday's practice but attended a breakfast meeting with constituents, instead. Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minnesota, plays on the Democratic team and also did not attend a practice Wednesday at a different location. Both are grateful for the actions of capitol police who stepped and, according to witnesses, saved many lives.


Amanda Theisen

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