Judge Orders Temporary Funding for State Legislature

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June 27, 2017 05:29 PM

A Ramsey County judge has granted a temporary injunction to fund the Minnesota Legislature through Oct. 1, according to court documents. 

Chief Judge John Guthmann of the Second Judicial District ordered a mandatory injunction requiring the state budget commissioner to "take all steps necessary to provide continuing funding to the Minnesota Senate and the Minnesota House of Representatives."

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The order will remain in effect until the court issues a final decision or until Oct. 1, whichever comes first. 

RELATED: Attorney For Legislature Asks Judge to Declare Dayton's Funding Vetoes 'Null and Void'

The injunction is the latest development in the standoff between Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican lawmakers over Dayton's decision to line-item veto funding for the Legislature. 

The judge has yet to make a decision on legislators' lawsuit against the governor's use of the line-item veto to strike their funding. 

About a dozen lawyers were in court today to argue their cases before the judge, but it is unclear when a final ruling will be made on the veto challenge. 

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