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Dayton, legislative leaders have their day in court over funding issue
By Jonathan Mohr

Lawyers for Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders met in a Ramsey County court Monday to argue the merits of a lawsuit over the governor’s May line-item veto of money meant fund the House and Senate for the next two years.

Appearing before Chief Judge John H. Guthmann, each side made its case – the plaintiffs alleging Dayton’s veto violated the Separation of Powers clause of the state’s constitution and the governor’s attorney, Sam Hanson, arguing the veto authority was used correctly.

Lawmakers have said the Senate would be forced to cease operations July 28 – and the House Sept. 1 – if the $128 million appropriation to fund the Legislature during the next fiscal biennium, which begins July 1, is not restored. 

However, both parties filed a document with the court last Friday asking the judge to grant a temporary injunction that would allow legislative funding to continue until Oct. 1, or the lawsuit is settled.

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Legislative leaders will sue governor over line-item veto
By Ricky Campbell

With closed-door negotiations unproductive, lawmakers and Gov. Mark Dayton will face-off in court

Governor still hopeful negotiations can solve legislative funding fight
By Jonathan Avise

A meeting between the governor, House and Senate leaders is tentatively scheduled for next week, Dayton says.

House, Senate head toward lawsuit over governor's legislative funding veto
By Jonathan Avise

House and Senate leadership OK a resolution to seek outside legal representation in an effort to restore funding for the Legislature that Gov. Mark Dayton line-item vetoed earlier this week.

Dayton signs budget bills into law, but showdown with lawmakers continues
By Jonathan Avise

Governor agrees to sign bills that make up state’s $46 billion, two-year budget but line-item vetoes funding for the Legislature

Weary lawmakers pass final budget bills, wrap 2017 special session
By Mike Cook

Day three of the 2017 special session saw lawmakers pass final omnibus bills to be sent to Gov. Mark Dayton, with weary House members wrapping up their work at 2:42 a.m. Friday following a week of long days — and nights — at the State Capitol.

Lawmakers pass bonding bill to close out special session
By Mike Cook

Lawmakers wrapped up the special session early Friday morning by agreeing to borrow nearly $1 billion for public works projects across the state.

Lawmakers send governor bill to fund state government
By Mike Cook

Lawmakers late Thursday night OK’d the appropriations needed to fund state government agencies, veterans’ services, constitutional offices and the Legislature.

Despite veto threats, House passes mixed-bag uniform labor bill
By Ricky Campbell

Pleading for brevity as the Legislature entered its third day of a deadline-neglecting special session, Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington) said his uniform state labor standards b...

House repasses tax bill amended with extended Super Bowl bar hours
By Lee Ann Schutz

Omnibus tax bill amended to allow for bars to be open until 4 a.m. Feb. 2-Feb.5 to allow more time for fan revelry.

With self-imposed deadline gone, Legislature still piecing together budget
By Ricky Campbell

Two large spending bills and a bonding package await action; both chambers in at noon Thursday

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