Legislative committee takes steps to sue Governor Dayton

The Minnesota Legislature is hiring a private law firm to challenge Gov. Mark Dayton's veto of its budget.

The Minnesota Legislature has hired a private law firm to challenge Gov. Mark Dayton's line-item veto of funding for the House and Senate. 

A committee of legislative leaders voted 7-2 to hire an attorney, a dispute that could likely head to court.

Dayton zeroed out the Legislature's budget while signing the rest of a $46 billion budget earlier this week, aiming to get top lawmakers back to the Capitol to slim down a $650 million tax bill. 

"I frankly think in St. Paul your word has to mean something. I would love to sit down with the Governor but I will not sit down with the Governor and renegotiate something he already agreed to," said Kurt Daudt, Republican House Speaker.

A committee of top lawmakers approved hiring Minneapolis firm Kelley, Wolter and Scott, who have agreed to take on the case for $325 per hour.

Two DFL lawmakers on the committee called for mediation instead.

"You have chosen the option of engaging and fighting and I think Minnesotans are tired of that. I think Minnesotans will be disappointed to see their hard earned dollars to be spent on litigation when no attempt is to be made to reach an agreement," said Melissa HortmanDFL-House Minority Leader. 

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