Governor Dayton Signs Bills, Ends MN Shutdown By Michael McIntee | July 20, 2011 LikeTweet EmailPrint More More on Minnesota Subscribe to Minnesota Follow this author Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and Governor Mark Dayton sign special session bills Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and Governor Mark Dayton sign special session billsGovernor Mark Dayton’s has signed the 12 spending and borrowing bills the legislature passed in special session last night and early this morning. His signature starts the process of restarting Minnesota government which has been mostly shut down since July 1st because Republican Leaders and the Governor could not agree on a state budget. After several weeks of enduring a shutdown, the Governor agreed to the Republicans last offer as long as it addressed just the budget and not policy issues such as abortion, stem cell research and school vouchers. That caveat caused some rifts within the Republican party. Republican Senator Michelle Fischbach didn’t even vote for her own Higher Education bill because it didn’t contain the cloning research ban that she wanted in it. The bill passed 35-30. Support this story and all the stories from The Uptake. Donate.