A group of legislators led by the New House Republican Caucus have joined with the Free Minnesota Coalition to appeal their lawsuit against Governor Tim Walz. The lawsuit, which states that Gov. Walz has exceeded his authority and violated the Constitution, was previously dismissed in Ramsey County Court. Specifically, the legislators and the Free Minnesota Coalition are appealing to the Supreme Court of Minnesota for an accelerated review of their case.
“The constitutional issues being grappled with in this case greatly impact the lives of every person in our state,” said Rep. Steve Drazkowski (Republican-Mazeppa). “The daily lives of Minnesotans are being controlled by the Governor, and the duly elected representatives of the people have no say. As such, we feel that the Supreme Court must weigh in on this issue. We have checks and balances in our system for a reason. It’s time we start employing them.”
The 13 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.
“Our case makes two common-sense claims,” said Rep. Jeremy Munson (Republican-Lake Crystal). “The first is that the Governor’s executive orders have unconstitutionally written law in violation of the non-delegation doctrine from Article III of our state constitution. The total circumvention of the Legislature is wrong. The second claim is that the statutes Governor Walz cites when he utilizes his emergency powers contain a legislative veto process. This violates the ban on legislative vetoes from Article III.”
A “Go-Fund-Me” page has been set up to raise money to pay for this lawsuit against Governor Walz (https://www.gofundme.com/f/StopWalz).
“The aim of our lawsuit is to stop the unconstitutional power grab that has taken place,” said Rep. Tim Miller (Republican-Prinsburg). “People in my district who once supported Governor Walz are now are weary of his overreaching into their lives. Minnesotans need their lives back. We are an intelligent people, and it’s time Governor Walz started treating us as such.”
The NHRC is led by Rep. Steve Drazkowski (Republican-Mazeppa). It includes Rep. Cal Bahr (Republican-East Bethel), Rep. Tim Miller (Republican-Prinsburg), and Rep. Jeremy Munson (Republican-Lake Crystal).