Dayton Picks Lawyer From Longtime Senate Post

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov.-elect Mark Dayton has chosen a longtime Minnesota Senate attorney as his lawyer in the governor’s office.

Dayton’s transition team announced Friday that Peter Wattson will serve as the new governor’s general counsel.

Dayton says Wattson’s experience will help as he pushes for a construction projects bill in the upcoming session and as lawmakers redraw legislative boundaries.

Wattson is considered an expert on issues including redistricting, legislative procedure and elections.

He currently serves as Senate Counsel and shares the job of Secretary of the Senate with another senior staffer. Wattson has advised the Senate Finance Committee for 35 years.

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  • Tish

    I hope Dayton starts working on a state run casino. Ever go to a MN Indian casino on Wednesday?
    The places are full because Wednesday is when MN unemployment insurance goes into peoples
    bank accounts. We need to re-collect that money in a state casino. Also a state run casino would
    be smoke free. Think of all the money the state will save because us non-smokers can enjoy
    casino fun without the ill effects and medical costs due to all the second hand smoke in Indian casinos.

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