Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, has been quoted in the press stating that the GOP does not plan to give up on the proposed legislation. Governor Dayton’s reaction to the proposed bills, however, makes clear that Minnesotans will continue to see a bipartisan battle on this and other fronts. In vetoing the bills, Dayton described the legislation as the product of special interest groups and called the GOP “too extreme to lead,” echoing a similar comment he made in January after Minnesota Republican senators fired his appointee of the Public Utilities Commission. In turn, the GOP is claiming that 62,000 business owners backed the proposed legislation and that the reforms were indirect job bills that would have improved Minnesota’s business climate.
While the litigation reform bills are dead for now, we will watch with interest to see if the debate on tort reform continues and whether Governor Dayton and the legislature are able to make any progress in reaching any meeting of the minds this session.