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OPINIONS OF THE SUPREME COURT

FILED Wednesday, November 22, 2017

NOTICE - MEDIA RELEASE TIME IS 10:00 A.M.



A15-1470        In the Matter of the Appeal by Kind Heart Daycare, Inc. of the Order of License Revocation and the Appeal by Yasmin Muhina Salim
                         of the Disqualification Determination, Appellants, vs. Commissioner of Human Services, Respondent.
                         Court of Appeals.
            1.   A person charged with obtaining “the receipt of payments to which the individual is not entitled” under Minn. Stat. § 256.98, subd. 1(3) (2016), is liable only if the person receives payments for public assistance to which the person would not have otherwise been entitled in the absence of a misrepresentation or concealment.
            2.   The Minnesota Department of Human Services did not violate Minn. Stat. § 14.69 (2016) by revoking a child care provider’s license and disqualifying its owner.
            3.   The court of appeals engaged in proper judicial review of the Department’s actions.
            Affirmed.  Justice David L. Lillehaug.
            Concurring in part, dissenting in part, Justice G. Barry Anderson.
            Concurring in part, dissenting in part, Justices Margaret H. Chutich and G. Barry Anderson.

 
 
 

SPECIAL RELEASE OPINION FILED NOVEMBER 16, 2017

  
A17-1142        The Ninetieth Minnesota State Senate, et al., Respondents, vs. Mark B. Dayton,  in his official capacity as Governor of the State of
                         Minnesota, et al., Appellants.
                         Ramsey County.
            1.   The Governor’s exercise of his line-item veto power on appropriations to the Legislature complied with the plain language of Article IV, Section 23 of the Minnesota Constitution.
            2.   The plain language of Article XI, Section 1 of the Minnesota Constitution does not authorize the judiciary to order funding for the Legislature in the absence of an appropriation.
            3.   Because the Legislature has the authority under Minn. Stat. § 3.305, subd. 2 (2016), and Minn. Stat. § 16A.281 (2016), to access appropriated funds that are sufficient to pay the Legislature’s estimated expenses and allow it to continue as an independent, functioning branch of state government until it convenes again in regular session, the Governor’s exercise of his line-item veto power did not violate Article III of the Minnesota Constitution by effectively abolishing the Legislature.
            4.   Because the Legislature has access to appropriated funds that are sufficient to pay the Legislature’s estimated expenses and allow it to continue as an independent, functioning branch of state government, it will be able to exercise its constitutional powers under Article IV of the Minnesota Constitution when it reconvenes.  Principles of judicial restraint therefore dictate that the judiciary decline to decide whether the Governor’s exercise of his line-item veto power violated Article III of the Minnesota Constitution by unconstitutionally coercing the Legislature.
            Reversed in part, vacated in part, and remanded.  Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea.
            Dissenting, Justice G. Barry Anderson.
            Took no part, Justice David R. Stras.


 

 
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ORDERS ON PETITIONS FOR FURTHER REVIEW

FILED Tuesday, November 14, 2017


(Petitioner indicated in Italic Type)

1.      In re the Matter of the Irrevocable Trust Agreement for the New Jacqueline E. Johnson Trust Created By and Between Jacqueline E. Johnson,
         Settlor, and Dennis W. Johnson, Trustee, dated June 24, 2011 – A17-0257 – Denied
2.      State of Minnesota vs. Daley Marie Smith – A16-1607 – Denied
3.      State of Minnesota vs. Chim LoVan – A16-1750 – Denied
4.      State of Minnesota vs. Michael Anthony Llona – A16-1889 – Denied
5.      State of Minnesota vs. Austin Thomas Whiteaker – A16-1351 – Denied
6.      Sandra Sue Grazzini-Rucki vs. David Victor Rucki, County of Dakota, intervenor – A16‑1970 – Denied
7.      State of Minnesota vs. Brandon Ray Larsen – A16-1365 – Denied
8.      State of Minnesota vs. Sean Patrick Brinkman – A14-0976 – Denied
9.      State of Minnesota vs. Nathaniel Emmanuel Collins – A16-1598 – Denied
10.    State of Minnesota vs. Christian David-Robert Wille – A16-1710 – Denied
11.    State of Minnesota vs. Miguel Angel Rodriguez – A16-1874 – Denied
12.    State of Minnesota vs. John Melvin Karnes – A16-1894 – Denied
13.    David Allan Kotz vs. Edna Vassilovski – A17-0064 – Denied
14.    Honorable Galen J. Vaa vs. State of Minnesota, et al. – A17-0489 – Denied
15.    State of Minnesota vs. Dejonte Antwon Davis – A17-0315 – Denied
16.    State of Minnesota vs. Mitchell Thomas Ellis – A16-1415 – Denied
17.    State of Minnesota vs. Brian Keith Jourdain – A16-1655 – Denied
18.    State of Minnesota vs. Glenn Kevin Hazley – A16-1988 – Denied
19.    Glenn Alan LaTour vs. Nancy Jean LaTour – A16-1476 – Denied
20.    State of Minnesota vs. Abraham Alexander Houle – A16-1672 – Denied
21.    State of Minnesota vs. Aaron Jude Schnagl – A16-1998 – Denied
22.    Elio Fumagalli vs. Stacy Lynn Fumagalli, n/k/a Stacy Lynn Duesterhoeft, County of McLeod, intervenor – A16-2018 – Denied
23.    State of Minnesota vs. Martize Devone Roland – A16-1764 – Denied
24.    State of Minnesota vs. Bernard Neal – A16-1824 – Denied
25.    Adalberto Sevilla vs. State of Minnesota – A17-0498 – Denied
26.    Paul Omol Arkangelo Uchodu vs. State of Minnesota – A17-0140 – Denied
27.    CorVascular Diagnostics, LLC vs. Michael Talcott, et al., Viasonix, Ltd., et al., Defendants – A16-2048 – Granted
28.    State of Minnesota vs. Stephen Jade Jackson – A16-1856 – Denied
29.    State of Minnesota vs. Grant Lloyd Greenwood – A16-1651 – Denied
30.    State of Minnesota vs. Cortney John Edstrom – A16-1382 – Granted
31.    JeanAnn Fenrich, individually, and as trustee for the heirs of Gary Fenrich vs. The Blake School, et al. – A17-0063 – Granted
32.    Sean Roulo vs. Key Lakes, Inc., et al., Dept. of Employment & Economic Development – A17-0067 – Denied
33.    State of Minnesota vs. Steven Michael Gutierrez – A16-1198 – Denied
34.    State of Minnesota vs. Joseph Lee Bellanger – A16-1182 – Denied
35.    Desean Lamont Thomas vs. Department of Corrections Commissioner, et al. – A17‑1261 – Dismissed
36.    Tiffini Flynn Forslund, et al. vs. State of Minnesota, et al., St. Paul Public Schools, et al. – A17-0033 – Granted in part/Stayed in part
37.    County of Ramsey, Pakou Lee vs. Eric J. Vacko – A16-1982 – Denied
38.    In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of:  P.S. and J.L., Parents – A17-0648 – Dismissed
 
ORDERS ON PETITIONS FOR FURTHER REVIEW
FILED – NOVEMBER 15, 2017

1.      State of Minnesota vs. Benjamin Marc Frauss – A15-1797 – Denied