Gvt shutdown

The judicial branch, except for the Tax  Court, will stay open in the event of a government shutdown if a plan recommended by Gov. Mark Dayton is implemented.

Dayton filed a response to the petition by the attorney general for relief in the event that the Legislature does not pass a budget by June 30.

Courts and the public defense, guardian ad litem and judicial standards boards, are recommended to remain open. The Tax Court and the Office of Administrative Hearings are on a list of state agencies recommended to close.

The governor also requests the appointment of either former Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz or former Justice James Gilbert as a special master, whose duties would include mediation.

Dayton requests the court to order mediation and “avoid any infringement on the constitutional powers of the legislative and executive departments by foregoing any other order for relief unless and until mediation fails.”

via Minnesota Lawyer

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