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State’s highest court backs Dayton’s veto of Legislature’s funding

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The Minnesota Supreme Court on Thursday upheld Gov. Mark Dayton’s line-item veto of the Legislature’s 2018-19 operating budget.

Capping a legal battle that began in June, the ruling found that Dayton acted within his constitutional authority when he exercised the line-item veto in an effort to bring lawmakers back to the negotiating table over a handful of bills he had signed into law.

“We had hoped [the Supreme Court] would end this debacle, but they have not,” House Speaker Kurt Daudt (R-Crown) said during a Legislative Coordinating Commission meeting.

Thursday’s ruling deals a major blow to legislative leaders who are scrambling to fund the House and Senate until the 2018 session convenes Feb. 20. Since lawmakers have access to other sources of funding, the court found the governor did not violate the state’s constitution by effectively abolishing the Legislature.

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The 2018 Legislature is scheduled to begin at noon, Feb. 20, 2018. Legislators must adjourn by May 21, 2018.

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Special elections for the District 23B House seat and District 54 Senate seat are scheduled for Feb. 12, 2018. Candidate filings can take place Jan. 8-11 and a primary, if needed, is scheduled for Jan. 29.

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