Court Says Minnesota Legislature Has Enough Money To Remain Open

Minnesota legislative leaders say they will limp along to the 2018 legislative session by taking money from a House-Senate commission. But, they said, they will need to immediately pass a legislative budget once they return to St. Paul Feb. 20. The comments came Thursday, Nov. 16, just after the Minnesota Supreme Court allowed to stand…
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Minnesota House Members Must Take Harassment Prevention Training Or Lose Committees

Minnesota House members who refuse to take sex harassment prevention training may have a whole lot of time on their hands. House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, said on Thursday, Nov. 16, that while he cannot fire House members, he will remove their committee membership if they do not get take the training. Without committee work,…
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Speaker Changes, Allows Lawmakers To Get Pay Raise

Minnesota House members will get pay raises after all. House Speaker Kurt Daudt announced Friday night, July 21, that he will instruct House staffers to begin paying representatives $45,000 a year, matching what senators have been receiving. The decision came after two lawmakers sued him for not allowing the raises, which were ordered by an…
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Judge Says Dayton Wrong When He ‘Effectively Abolished The Legislature’

A judge reached all the way to the Federalist Papers of 1787 to conclude Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton violated the state Constitution when he vetoed state House and Senate funding last spring. “Ambition must be made to counteract ambition,” James Madison wrote in arguing in favor of the separation of powers doctrine that soon became…
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Judge Says Dayton Violated Constitution In Vetoing Legislative Budget

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton’s veto of legislative funding was unconstitutional, a judge ruled Wednesday, July 19. Dayton’s used his “veto authority to gain a repeal or modification of unrelated policy legislation by effectively eliminating a co-equal branch of government,” Ramsey County Judge John Guthmann wrote. After the 2017 legislative session, which ended in late May,…
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