All Smiles Ahead Of Session
Matt Demczyk | Feb 13, 2018 AT 3:40 pm
(AP) - Minnesota's legislative leaders are heading back to the Capitol soon and promise they've put months of contentious legal battles behind them.
But it's clear that lingering disputes could still snag a session already constrained by election-year politics when lawmakers return to St. Paul next week.
Gov. Mark Dayton and the Legislature's top Republicans and Democrats discussed the upcoming session on Tuesday.
A lawsuit against GOP Sen. Michelle Fischbach's dual role as lieutenant governor looms large.
Fischbach, from Paynesville, is trying to maintain her Senate seat and the GOP's one-seat majority but Democrats argue she must leave the Senate.
A Ramsey County judge dismissed an earlier lawsuit Monday. But Republican Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka expects another legal challenge.
He warns Fischbach's removal could hinder legislative activity.