Judge Rules in Favor of House, Senate in Lawsuit Against Dayton

Judge Rules in Favor of House, Senate in Lawsuit Against Dayton Photo: KSTP/File

July 19, 2017 04:17 PM

A Ramsey County judge ruled in favor of the Minnesota House and Senate in their lawsuit against Gov. Mark Dayton Wednesday.

 The judge said "as a result of violating the separation of powers" clause, Dayton's vetoes of legislative funding are "null and void."

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UPDATE: Dayton Says he Will Appeal Judge's Ruling his Veto was Unconstitutional

Dayton was handed a note during a news conference with the decision. He said he would respond later Wednesday after reviewing it.

House Kurt Daudt said in a statement, "Today Minnesotans won. We are pleased the court has agreed to protect their voice at the Capitol and ruled Governor Dayton's unconstitutional veto of the Legislature to be 'null and void.' We encourage the governor to accept the court's decision."

Daudt held a press conference shortly after the judgment said said, "I would urge the governor to accept the judge's ruling" and not appeal. 

He added that he looks forward to "rolling up our sleeves" and working with the governor next session. Daudt said he is willing to "start fresh."

Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka said in a statement:

"Today the court ruled an entire branch of government cannot be eliminated by a stroke of the governor's pen. The governor should accept this verdict and allow the people of Minnesota to move on, instead of continuing to waste taxpayer dollars on expensive litigation. However, if he chooses to appeal, we will continue to defend Minnesotans' constitutional rights to locally elected representation all the way to the Supreme Court."

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