Court Rules: In MN There Is No Beer, And You’re Not Going To Argue It Here.

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Ramsey County District Judge Kathleen Gearin

Ramsey County District Judge Kathleen Gearin

Ramsey County District Judge Kathleen Gearin

Ramsey County District Judge Kathleen Gearin has denied a petition from the Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association that would have allowed bars to restock their beer and wine reserves even though their state issued purchasing cards had expired. Minnesota is no longer issuing the cards because the state has no approved budget agreement.

Judge Gearin told the MLBA that the constitutional issues it raised could not be argued in the Special Master’s court which has been hearing most funding disputes since the government shutdown on July 1st. The Judge suggests that if the shutdown has not ended by the end of the week, the MLBA should contact the court to schedule a hearing on those “complex constitutional issues.”

Gearin also pointed the bar owners back at the Governor and the legislature saying association members should “make the compelling arguments regarding the impact of the shutdown on hundreds of small liquor establishments to the Governor and their local legislators.”

Cities Have To Wait On Hiring Newly Minted Police Officers

Judge Gearin also ruled against the the Minnesota League of Cities petition that would have allowed cities to continue to hire police officers even though they had not completed their training for a license from the State of Minnesota. Judge Gearin ruled that the Police Officer Standards And Training (POST) Board is not a “core function of government”. New police officers in Minnesota must have a license from the POST board to be hired.

Judge Kathleen Gearin’s orders on Minnesota government spending during shutdown (PDF)

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