At Issue: September 3 - MN Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Dayton Legislative Funding Veto Lawsuit

September 03, 2017 10:41 PM

Minnesota Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Dayton Legislative Funding Veto Lawsuit

The Minnesota Supreme Court heard arguments this week in the lawsuit over Gov. Mark Dayton's line-item veto of the Legislature's operating budget. The case could have a far-reaching impact over the balance of power in Minnesota government. 


Dayton attended the arguments Monday, along with House Majority Leader Joyce Peppin and Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, both Republicans. Dayton's attorney, Sam Hanson, argued the Legislature's argument that Dayton essentially abolished it is false. Doug Kelley, the attorney representing the legislative leaders, argued the veto, at a minimum, rendered the Legislature inoperative. But he pressed the justices to support his argument that the line-item veto was essentially equal to abolishing the Legislature.

There's no timetable for the court to issue a ruling. However, the Legislature's temporary funding put in place after the lower court ruling in their favor only lasts until October 1. 

Hundreds Rally to Save Medical Services from Leaving Mayo-owned Hospital in Albert Lea

Nearly 100 people urged Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to help save a full-service hospital in Albert Lea owned by Mayo Clinic. Mayo plans to move services like intensive care, inpatient services and maternity/child birth services out of the Albert Lea facility to its hospital in Austin, which is about 20 miles from Albert Lea. The facility would maintain emergency care, outpatient services and a mental health unit. Mayo says it wants to consolidate some hospital services because the company is losing money on the Albert Lea facility.

Residents have formed a group "Save Our Hospital" to press city, county and state leaders, along with Mayo representatives, to find alternate solutions in order to keep those services in the city. Dayton said Mayo could do a better job of communicating with the people in Albert Lea about the potential changes. 


Amanda Theisen

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