|A lawsuit alleging the voter ID ballot question is "vague and misleading" will be heard next month.|
Lawmakers have Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and Attorney General Lori Swanson at their disposal to defend lawsuits against approved legislation, but in the case of the voter ID amendment, MNGOP leaders don't trust the left-leaning duo to do a satisfactory job.
As a result, the Legislative Coordination Commission -- made of up legislative leaders of both parties, with more Republicans than Democrats -- voted along party lines yesterday to use $18,000 of taxpayer money and hire outside attorneys to defend voter ID against a pending lawsuit. An attorney with House Research told the Pioneer Press
that as far as he knows, this is the first time the legislature has moved to intervene in a lawsuit.
Said House Minority Leader Paul Thissen, D-Minneapolis: "I don't think it makes sense for the legislature to actually intervene for the first time and spend taxpayer dollars to defend this, when somebody else [i.e. Ritchie and Swanson] is already going to be doing that same work."More »