At Issue: June 25 - Constitutional Showdown Heads to Court Monday

June 25, 2017 11:12 PM

Constitutional Showdown Between Gov. Dayton, GOP Legislative Leaders Heads to Court Monday

A showdown between Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP lawmakers is set for Monday, June 26. Republicans sued the Governor over his decision to line-item veto most funding for legislative operations. Both sides entered court filings Thursday in Ramsey County ahead of the hearing.

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In the brief filed by the Legislature, lawmaker say the governor "eliminated the Minnesota House and Senate" with a stroke of his pen. They seek a "declaration" that his vetoes violate the Separation of Powers clause of the constitution. Lawmakers also seek an injunction to force the state to make legislative funding available July 1.

The Minnesota House and Senate say the governor will effectively silence the voice of millions of Minnesotans who would no longer be able to contact their lawmakers. 

In a response, lawyers say Dayton has "explicit and unqualified authority" under the constitution to veto "any line item of appropriation".

Late Friday, Dayton and GOP lawmakers filed a joint stipulation with the Ramsey County court, asking the court to continue funding for House and Senate members, for their staffs and operating obligations for 90 days while this battle plays out in court.

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