At Issue: July 2 - Arguments Heard in Governor v. Lawmakers Lawsuit; Inside the Glensheen Mansion Murders

July 02, 2017 06:25 PM

Judge Hears Argument in Lawmakers' Lawsuit over Governor's Legislative Funding Vetoes

A Ramsey County judge heard arguments this week in the lawsuit between Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders. Lawmakers claim the governor violated the constitution when he line-item vetoed legislative funding in May as a result of a contentious budget process. Lawyers for the governor claim he is well within his constitutional rights to line-item veto appropriations, such as legislative funding. Both sides agreed on only one item - they're at an impasse and need the courts to decide if the governor's vetoes were legal. 

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The judge did approve an order for funding to continue for the Minnesota Legislature through Oct. 1 or upon resolution of the case, whichever comes first. This would cover pay for lawmakers, legislative staffers and payments on the Senate Office Building. House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, expressed optimism Tuesday that the judge would come to a decision quickly.

New Laws Going into Effect July 1

Several new laws went into effect in Minnesota on July 1. The most significant new law is that liquor stores can now be open on Sundays. Most stores, both municipal and privately-owned, will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays, but stores have the option of modifying their hours or not opening at all.

Some state park fees went up on July 1, including one-day and year-round vehicle permits. ATV and snowmobile owners will also pay more to register their vehicles.

In Minneapolis and St. Paul, workers can now earn paid sick and safe time. They'll earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked and can bank up to 48 hours. 

40 Years Later: Inside the Glensheen Mansion Murders

June 27 marked the 40th anniversary of one of Minnesota's most notorious murder cases. Heiress Elisabeth Congdon and her night nurse, Velma Petila, were murdered inside Duluth's Glensheen Mansion in 1977. Mystery has always surrounded the two main suspects in the case: Congdon's daughter Marjorie Congdon Caldwell and son-in-law, Roger Caldwell. 

Click here to see Tom Hauser's story on the 40th anniversary of the Glensheen Murders.

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