Common law already limits Minnesotans’ ability to sue if they are injured while trespassing. Fabian’s bill would put those restrictions into statute, alongside a few exceptions such as for people pursuing outdoor recreation.
“I want the people to know that the likelihood of some sort of a lawsuit coming against them is diminished,” Fabian said. ”Horribly, tragically, some bad things do happen. It’s not because anybody’s intentionally doing things. But I want to try to look out for the landowners, the property owners.”
Rep. Andrew Carlson (DFL-Bloomington) attacked the bill as a product the American Legislative Exchange Council, also known as ALEC, an organization dedicated to the principles of limited government, free markets and federalism.
Rep. Peggy Scott (R-Andover), committee chair, decried DFLers frequently conjuring up the “bogeyman” of ALEC backing, as if the organization is the “author of all things awful.”
Rep. Debra Hilstrom (DFL-Brooklyn Center) warned that HF985 would freeze existing common law in statute, making it impossible for Republican proponents to expand protections for property owners in the future.
The Minnesota Supreme Court has ordered the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton to use mediation to resolve a funding dispute. In an opinion issued Friday, the court also ruled that Dayton’s use of the line-item veto to strip biennial funding for the Legislature was constitutional.
A Ramsey County judge on Wednesday ruled that Gov. Mark Dayton’s line-item veto of legislative funding violated the state’s constitution.
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.
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 on conference committees must sort through competing bills before finalizing a product to send to the governor.
The budget process explained — and why it matters
$45 billion plan is about a 10 percent increase over current biennium
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It was a day of selfies, swearings-in and standing ovations as the House opened the 2017-18 biennial session Tuesday.