Legal actions underway

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(1) Lawsuit (Quo Warranto) challenges governor’s authority to issue the peacetime emergency executive orders during Covid-19 pandemic. Lawsuit claims Walz has exceeded his legal authority in a variety of ways, starting with his alleged violation of the “non-delegation doctrine,” since his executive orders are an “exercise of pure legislative power without judicial oversight.” Additionally, Minnesota law does not authorize the governor to invoke emergency powers for public health purposes. The legislature explicitly rejected attempts to amend the act to include public health as a reason to invoke it.

The Governor has exceeded his legal authority in three ways:

  1. Executive orders violate the non-delegation doctrine because the executive orders are an exercise of pure legislative power without judicial oversight.
  2. Minnesota Statutes § 12.31 unconstitutionally authorizes a legislative veto; there is no Minnesota Constitutional provision authorizing legislative vetoes.
  3. Minnesota Statutes § 12.31 subd. 2 does not authorize the Governor to invoke emergency powers for public health purposes, so the Governor is unconstitutionally expanding his powers.

(2) Lawsuit 20-cv-01100 filed in regards to religious freedom against Governor Walz. The complaint asks the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota to strike down Walz’s emergency executive orders issued during the coronavirus pandemic as unconstitutional under the First, Fifth, and 14th Amendments.

“The State does not have a compelling reason for prohibiting church services where congregants can otherwise practice adequate social distancing protocol, especially when compared to the vast secular activities exempted under the EOs, nor has it selected the least restrictive means to further any purported interest,” states the complaint.

According to the lawsuit, the Walz administration has “deprived all Plaintiffs of the equal protection of the laws guaranteed under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment” because his executive orders “ban Plaintiffs’ work and speech but except other similarly situated persons and businesses from their restrictions.”

(3) Lawsuit against city of Minneapolis, city of Duluth, Ramsey county and Olmstead county for unlawfully appointing staffers to be absentee ballot election judges and not properly authorizing and appointing election judges by calling balanced numbers of Republicans and Democrats from a list.

  • Article from Alpha News
  • In a separate suit, MVA sues Steven Simon for writing an “administrative rule” that does away with the party balance requirement for both Republican and Democrat election judges. suit seeking a declaratory judgement at the Minnesota Court of Appeals to rule that the “Secretary of State’s published rule 8210.2450, is in direct conflict with Minnesota Statute 203B.121, and must be declared invalid.”

(4) Federal complaint seeks to nullify the governor’s mask mandate
Governor Executive Order 20-81 prohibits appearing in public without a protective face mask, yet MN Statue 609.735 (1963), criminalizes wearing a mask in a public place. 
Filed 8/4/20 by Minnesota Voters AllianceNew House Republican Caucus and a group of independent Minnesota voters.

The concern of the voters was that the secretary of state Steve Simon on July 22nd issued a policy saying that election judges would take down names of voters who didn’t comply with Governor Walz’s mask mandate ,which would then create a list of those who wear masks and those who don’t wear masks. Statute 609.735 is a strict liability statute – no intent required…if you are wearing a mask, you are liable for a crime. Voters are concerned that election judges will take down their names for prosecution.

(5) Civil Rights lawsuit filed in federal court against Governor Walz regarding violations of freedom of religion. Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief: Cornerstone Church of Alexandria, et al. v. Tim Walz, et al.
Suit claims two of the governor’s executive orders (20-74 and 20-81) place “unreasonable restrictions” on places of worship by limiting indoor gatherings to 50 percent of capacity, requiring social distancing and face masks, and restricting outdoor gatherings to 250 people. Suit also seeks “a pronouncement that Walz’s executive orders violate the Minnesota Constitution’s Article III separation of powers provision.” Also charged in the lawsuit with Walz are Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, Douglas County Attorney Chad Larson, Wright County Attorney Tom Kelly, and Crow Wing County Attorney Donald Ryan.
Filed August 13, 2020 by The Thomas More Society on behalf of Cornerstone Church of Alexandria, Land of Promise Church, and Lifespring Church.

(6) Sued Governor Walx over burden children bear playing sports when forced to wear masks
Let Them Play MN has sued Governor Walz over the burden these mandates have on children in sports. CCHF’s president testified, providing data on the mask’s lack of effectiveness against COVID-19. Many parents and physicians testified against the mask, reporting collisions, injuries, and unconsciousness during games.

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