On Sept. 1, a Ramsey County Court dismissed a lawsuit against Governor Walz regarding his emergency powers and constitutional authority in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The lawsuit was filed by thirteen Republican state legislators and the Free Minnesota Coalition. Nine days later, the parties announced they would appeal their lawsuit against Governor Tim Walz. Specifically, the legislators and the Free Minnesota Coalition are appealing to the Supreme Court of Minnesota for an accelerated review of their case.
The thirteen legislators on the lawsuit are Rep. Steve Drazkowski, Rep. Tim Miller, Rep. Cal Bahr, Rep. Jeremy Munson, Rep. Shane Mekeland, Rep. Mary Franson, Rep. Eric Lucero, Rep. Joe McDonald, Rep Jeff Backer, Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, Sen. Scott Jensen, Sen. Mike Goggin, and Sen. Andrew Mathews. Additionally, the Free Minnesota Coalition is led by Dan McGrath.
The “Go-Fund-Me” page to raise money for the lawsuit can be found here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/StopWalz
There are now three lawsuits against the Governor supported by New House Republican Caucus members and others. The first is the Quo Warranto lawsuit filed on May 28. That had a hearing on July 15. The Judge has 90 days to rule, and we hope he will rule sooner.
The second lawsuit filed on July 30 took issue with the different laws surrounding masks. It's illegal to wear a mask in public in Minnesota, and the Governor issued an executive order that people have to wear masks due to the pandemic. In his order, he made the statement that he was disregarding the anti-mask law. The Governor's emergency powers do not extend to ignoring laws. He can order rules and override ordinances, but not law. Chapter 12 of MN statutes requires that he call back the legislature every 30 days, to extend his powers and to make necessary laws.
The third lawsuit was filed today. This one deals with Churches and places of worship being regulated by the state, which goes against the state and federal constitution. Click on the link to press releases to read the lawsuit documents.
Tomorrow at 10:00 am we bring forward the lawsuit against Governor Walz. Members of the public are invited to attend the hearing via Zoom; however, please be mindful that 𝐧𝐨 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐝 𝐨𝐫 𝐥𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠.
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St. Paul – Members of the New House Republican Caucus issued the following statement after responding to the Governor’s motion to dismiss their lawsuit, calling his Peacetime Emergency Powers unconstitutional.
“On the 244th birthday of this nation we remember our declaration of rights and independence from tyranny. This July 4, however, we find ourselves in the strange position of celebrating our freedoms when many of them have been taken away, not by COVID 19, but by the actions of our government in response to COVID 19.
Minnesota State Representatives Steve Drazkowski, Cal Bahr, Tim Miller, and Jeremy Munson are filing a lawsuit to challenge Governor Walz's authority to declare a peacetime emergency and unilaterally write laws.
The Governor usurped the authority of the Minnesota Legislature and the checks and balances provided by the Minnesota Constitution for our three branches of government when he unilaterally declared a peacetime emergency and issued himself the power to write laws with enforcement powers.