Lawsuit Against Walz Heard in Minnesota Court of Appeals

Today the Minnesota Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in the lawsuit
brought against Governor Walz by members of the legislature and the Free Minnesota
Coalition. This lawsuit challenges Governor Walz's authority to declare a peacetime
emergency and unilaterally write law. The appellate court will rule in the coming weeks.

The New House Republican Caucus issued the following statement:

“We are disappointed by many of the statements made in today’s case. Judge
Larkin proposed that Governor Walz should be given the authority to veto the
legislature’s decision to terminate his peacetime emergency powers. This would
make it impossible to ever end a Governor’s peacetime emergency in the future.
The judges also raised questions about whether the plaintiffs had standing as
individual legislators rather than the body as a whole, and whether the claim had
to wait until after both bodies of the legislature had agreed to end the peacetime
emergency.

We have endured one-man rule for too long, which has resulted in innumerable
hardships and losses for Minnesotans; however, we remain hopeful that we will
see a restoration of freedom for the people of Minnesota. No governor should be
able to unilaterally write law for an indefinite period of time. This is a gross
abuse of power, and it needs to be corrected by the courts.”