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Hearing on lawsuit Thursday demanding governor give up peacetime emergency powers

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(St. Paul MN-) A court hearing takes place today in a lawsuit demanding Governor Tim Walz surrender his Peacetime Emergency Powers. More than a dozen Minnesota state legislators, including Representative Tim Miller of Prinsburg and Glen Gruenhagen of Glencoe, have joined ranks with the Free Minnesota Small Business Coalition to try and put the brakes on Governor Tim Walz’s powers which he claims are necessary to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week he extended the powers into early August, and the legislature was unable to strip him of the powers during the current 2nd special session. A hearing in the case will take at 10 a.m. in Minnesota District Court. Minneapolis attorney Erick Kaardal is representing the group in a lawsuit against Walz, whom they are charging with overstepping his bounds and interfering in the legislative process, violating civil liberties of legislators, business owners, and 5.6 million Minnesotans.