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Limmer v Swanson Gov Joinder in AG Dismiss Motion 6-22-11

Limmer v Swanson Gov Joinder in AG Dismiss Motion 6-22-11

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STATEOFMINNESOTAINSUPREMECOURTCASENO.AII-II07
StateSenatorWarrenLimmer,etaI.,Petitioners,
RESPONDENTGOVERNOR'SJOINDERINRESPONDENTATTORNEYGENERAL'SMOTIONTODISMISSPETITIONFORWRITOF
QUOWARRANTO
vs.LoriSwanson,etaI.,Respondents.GovernorMarkDayton("theGovernor")joinstheAttorneyGeneral'sMotiontoDismissPetitionforWritof
QuoWarranto.
ThePetitionisprematureandisutterlyinconsistentwithPetitioners'positionintheDistrictCourt.Todate,noRespondenthasspentanyfundsnotappropriated.NorhastheDistrictCourtorderedtheexpenditureofanyfundsnotappropriated.Atthispoint,theonlyjudicialrelieftheGovernorhassoughtasRespondentintheproceedingcaptioned
InreTemporaryFundingofCoreFunctionsoftheExecutiveBranchoftheStateofMinnesota,
CourtFileNo.62-cv-II-5203
("ExecutiveBranchProceeding")
isthattheDistrictCourtappointamediatorpromptlytofacilitatenegotiationsbetweenandamongtheparties.
See
Minn.Stat.§484.76(alternativedisputeresolutionismandatoryinallcivilcasesnotexcludedbystatuteorrule"exceptforgoodcauseshownbythepresidingjudge");Minn.Gen.R.Prac.114.01(same).
 
Separately,theAttorneyGeneralhasrequestedthattheDistrictCourtauthorizecontinuedexecutivedepartmentfundingifthelegislaturefailstopassappropriationbillsbeforeJuly1,2011thatwillbesignedorthathavethesupportoftwo-thirdsofeachhouse.Otherthanschedulingahearing,theDistrictCourthasnottakenanyactiononthePetitionoftheAttorneyGeneral.UnlessanduntiltheDistrictCourtgrantsanypartofthereliefrequested,theGovernor'srequesttomediateisjustthat--arequest--andcannotbeallegedtobetheusurpationormisuseofanypowerorrightjustifyingtheissuanceofawritof
quowarranto.SeeStateexrei.Danielsonv.VillageofMound,
234Minn.531,542-44,48N.W.2d855,863-64(1951)(quashingwrittotheextentthatitsoughtreliefbaseduponpetitionforannexationthathadnotbeenacteduponbyvillagecouncil).Inaddition,theSupremeCourtshoulddismissthePetitionbecausePetitionerspossess,andhaveexercised,therighttoseekaremedyintheDistrictCourt.
SeeStateexrei.Burnquistv.VillageofNorthPole,
213Minn.297,302,6N.W.2d458,460(1942)(thewritof
quowarranto
is"anextraordinarylegalremedy"that"isnotgrantedwhereanotheradequateremedyisavailable").OntheverysamedaytheyfiledtheirPetitionforWritof
QuoWarranto,
thesamefourStateSenatorsfiledaNoticeofInterventioninthe
ExecutiveBranchProceeding,
seekingawritof
mandamus.See
RespondentAttorneyGeneral'sMemoranduminSupportofMotiontoDismissPetition,Attachment1.
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AthoroughreviewofthePetitionandtheAppendixtheretoshowsthatPetitionersfailedtomentiontheirsimultaneousNoticeofInterventionintheDistrictCourt.PerhapsPetitionersdidnotseefittodisclosethatfilingbecauseitisutterlyinconsistentwiththeconstitutionalpositionsPetitionersassertinthisproceeding.Petitioners'allegationshereandintheDistrictCourtcouldnotbemoreatoddswithoneanother.IntheDistrictCourt,thefourStateSenatorshaveexpresslyinvokedtheDistrictCourt'sauthorityandurgetheCourttointerveneintheappropriationsprocess.TheyrequestthattheDistrictCourtcompeltheGovernorby
mandamus
tocallaspecialsessionofthelegislaturetoenactappropriationslegislation.
See
RespondentAttorneyGeneral'sMemoranduminSupportofMotiontoDismissPetition,Attachment1atpp.3-5.Bycontrast,inthisproceeding,Petitioners--thesameStateSenators--allegethattheMinnesotaConstitutionallows"fortheexecutivetocallaspecialsession,butitishis
soleconstitutionalprerogative
todoso."Petitionatp.25,
'II
31(emphasisadded).PetitionersfurtherallegethataDistrictCourtorderformediationwouldbe"akintocallingaspecialsessionrequiringlawmakerstoSaintPaultoworkonapoliticalsolution,"whichwouldbeunconstitutional.
Seeid.
ThelegalpositionofPetitionershere,instarkcontrasttotheirpositioninDistrictCourt,isunequivocal:"Thelowercourthas
norole
inthebudgetdisputebetweenthelegislativeandexecutivebranchesofMinnesota'sgovernment."
ld.
atp.49,
'II
70(emphasisadded).
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