Minnesota judge dismisses challenge to Gov. Tim Walz's pandemic orders
September 2, 2020
A Ramsey County judge on Tuesday dismissed a legal challenge to Gov. Tim Walz's executive orders during the coronavirus pandemic.
The lawsuit, brought by a group of businesses and 13 Republican legislators, contended the Democratic governor is abusing his power and interfering with the legislative process. Dubbed the Free Minnesota Small Business Coalition, the group asked a judge to block Walz from issuing or enforcing emergency executive orders that he has used to limit businesses' operations, close schools and require masks in indoor public places.
District Court Judge Thomas Gilligan upheld the constitutionality of the governor's actions. "The Governor has acted pursuant to the authority delegated to him by the Legislature," he wrote. "The COVID-19 pandemic constitutes an act of nature that provides the Governor with the basis to declare a peacetime state of emergency in Minnesota."