Gov. Mark Dayton filed a motion with Ramsey County District Court Wednesday asking the court to stay its July 20, 2017 judgment. In that ruling, Judge John Guthmann voided Governor Dayton’s line-item vetoes and restored funding for the House and Senate. At this time, the Supreme Court has not overturned the district court judgment.
“Another day, another court filing from Gov. Dayton attempting to silence the voice of the people by cutting off funding to the legislative branch,” said Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka. “The people of Minnesota need to know there will be a functioning legislature and Gov. Dayton needs to accept the ruling of the Ramsey County Court that his vetoes were unconstitutional.”
“The court’s decision is clear: ‘the governor’s line-item vetoes are unconstitutional, null and void’,” said Speaker Kurt Daudt. “By failing to recognize the court’s judgment, Gov. Dayton is hurting Minnesotans who rely on their local representation at the Capitol. I am hopeful the court will uphold their decision.”