2011 Legislative Update
by Julie Perrus
As of this update, state government is inching closer to a shutdown on July 1st. With no budget solution in place, and the Republican legislative leadership ideologically divided from the DFL Governor on a plan for the next biennium, it may seem premature to provide a report on the 2011 legislative session.
On Tuesday, Ramsey County District Judge Bruce Christopherson ruled that courts would remain open in the event of a shutdown. He stated in his ruling that the consequences of closing the courts would be “irreparable and inestimable.”
Today, Ramsey County Chief Judge Kathleen Gearin ruled on the Petition of Attorney General Lori Swanson. Judge Gearin’s determination of what is a “core function” of government establishes what portions of government, outside of the courts, will be open during a shutdown.