Court-Stripping Measures Sought in Event of MN Shutdown

Minnesota_quarter,_reverse_side,_2005With Minnesota budget talks unresolved and a state government shutdown possible, legislators have introduced bill language to block the courts from ordering funding of essential services in event of a shutdown, according to Gavel to Gavel.

One measure states that in event of a shutdown, “except for funding for public safety, a court may not order any expenditure of an amount in the treasury to fund any operation of state government.” Another states that the courts would be barred from ordering any expenditures.

Partial state government shutdowns occurred in Minnesota in 2005 and in 2011.