Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea has scheduled a July 27th hearing on a legal challenge that questions whether a judge can authorize state spending. Several GOP state lawmakers filed the lawsuit in court on Friday. They question whether Ramsey County Judge Kathleen Gearin has the constitutional authority to determine which state programs can continue during the government shutdown. Gearin has ruled that certain programs like prisons, the state patrol and subsidized heatlh insurance for the poor are essential services.
The four senators and two representatives say the Minnesota Constitution forbids any state spending unless it’s authorized by the Minnesota Legislature.
Here’s the briefing schedule.