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Thursday, October 29, 2020

St. Paul – Today, the Minnesota Supreme Court rejected a motion to take up the case challenging the Governor’s indefinite authority to unilaterally write laws and spend taxpayer money. The case was brought forward by Rep. Jeremy Munson and several members of the Minnesota House and Senate, along with over 40 business owners.

In a statement, Rep. Munson said, “Our case is still in the appeals process. However, in response to the majority of citizens in rural Minnesota demanding that we do something about the Governor’s unchecked powers, we asked the State Supreme Court to take up our case now. Today, the Supreme Court said they want to let it play out through the slow gears of the regular appeals process.”

Rep. Munson continued, “Other courts, in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois and even California have rolled back their Governors’ unlimited emergency powers. In Minnesota, businesses continue to close permanently, with tens of thousands of jobs lost and livelihoods destroyed. We need immediate action to help our citizens and solve our constitutional crisis. It is time we restore the legislature as a co-equal branch of Government.”

“Regardless of which party controls the Minnesota House and Senate, the Governor can re-issue his emergency super powers and the legislature will only be able to veto his powers every 30 days,” said Rep. Munson. “Additionally, any changes to the Chapter 12.31 emergency powers are likely to be vetoed by the Governor. This is why we need the Supreme Court to rule that these powers are unconstitutional.”

Rep. Munson has fielded hundreds of phone calls, emails, and pleas to stop government from shutting down their businesses as employers have lost their livelihoods under the Governor’s arbitrary lock down orders and restrictions.