Lawyers for sex offenders confined indefinitely to Minnesota's secure treatment program have asked a judge to stay all further proceedings while they ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review an appeals court finding that the program is constitutional.
An array of Minnesota officials gathered at a federal courthouse to privately discuss the future of the state's program for confining sex offenders. More than a dozen legislators, Gov. Mark Dayton, Attorney General Lori Swanson and others are talking about potential changes to a program that's been declared unconstitutional.
A new state law is waiting for Governor Dayton's approval which will require farmers to install a 50-foot buffer between their crops and public lakes, streams and ditches. A conservation buffer is an area of permanent vegetation that helps control pollutants and manage other environmental concerns before they hit the water.
Gov. Mark Dayton is threatening to veto a state agency budget bill if Republicans don't agree to remove a part that would ditch candidate spending limits and undo current restrictions on where their donations originate.