Earlier this month, the Minnesota Supreme Court issued an order regarding the lawsuit filed by the Legislature challenging the constitutionality of the Governor’s line-item veto of the operational funding of the Legislature. The Court’s order did not render a decision on the case, nor did it overturn the lower court's ruling that stated the Governor’s veto of the Legislature’s funding is unconstitutional. Instead, the Court ordered that the Legislature go into mediation with the Governor.
On Friday, the Governor walked out of mediation, subsequently ending this effort. The Legislature’s goal has been, and will continue to be, to restore the voices of Minnesotans at the Capitol; I am disappointed that the Governor is unwilling to accomplish that goal with us. This case will now head back to the Minnesota Supreme Court.
High School Page Program
Applications for the 2018 Minnesota House of Representatives High School Page Program have now been mailed to our local schools. I encourage any high school junior interested in the political process to apply.
Throughout the week-long program, pages will assist state representatives and staff in the House Chamber during session, observe how committees are conducted, meet individually with their local state representative (me), and learn how legislation moves through the political process. This program also gives students the opportunity to meet with constitutional officers, members of the judiciary, lobbyists, and members of the media.
To learn more and to apply, visit: www.house.leg.state.mn.us/edprog/app.pdf.
Have a great week!