At Issue: July 23 - Reaction to Decision in Dayton v. Lawmakers, Fallout from Mpls Officer-Involved Shooting

July 24, 2017 11:12 PM

Judge Rules in Favor of Legislature over Gov. Dayton in Legislative Funding Lawsuit

A Ramsey County judge ruled Wednesday in favor of legislative leaders in a lawsuit filed against Gov. Mark Dayton. The judge ruled Dayton's attempt to line-item veto funding for the House and Senate days after the end of the 2017 legislative session violated the constitution. The dispute arose after Dayton voiced his displeasure at some of the final elements in bills that made up the two-year, $46 billion budget deal.


Dayton says he will now take his case to the Minnesota Supreme Court. At this time, there's no word on when the court will hear those arguments.

Lawmakers Sue House Speaker Over Pay Raise Block

Two lawmakers have sued House Speaker Kurt Daudt over his attempt to block a legislative pay raise from taking effect in the House of Representatives. Earlier this year, the Legislative Salary Council authorized a $14,000 pay raise for both House and Senate members. The council was formed following a 2016 constitutional amendment approved by Minnesota voters. Its goal was to take the "pay raise" dispute out of lawmakers' hands. However, any pay raises still need legislative approval.

State Reps. Rena Moran, DFL-St. Paul, and Marion O'Neill, R-Maple Lake, are suing Daudt, in his capacity as House Speaker, arguing the attempt to block the pay raise for lawmakers is unconstitutional. Senators have already received their pay raises. 

The suit will likely be moot now, as Daudt on Saturday relented, saying he would authorize a pay raise for his colleagues in the House after all.  

Body Camera Debate Could Resurface at State Capitol Following Mpls Officer-Involved Shooting

Issues surrounding the use of police body cameras could resurface at the State Capitol during the next legislative session following the officer-involved shooting of Justine Damond in Minneapolis. The investigation has revealed the two officers involved did not have their body cameras turned on during the incident, which would be a violation of the Minneapolis Police Department's policy. Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges has called for MPD and the city to review the body camera policy and make changes where necessary. 

Any review the department undertakes will not fall under now-former Police Chief Janee Harteau, who resigned her post Friday at Hodges' request. Assistant Chief Medaria Arradondo will lead the department for now. Hodges has nominated him to fill the position, though some City Council members would like to see an outsider come in to lead the department. 


Amanda Theisen

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