ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton’s top lawyer plans to retire next month.

Dayton’s office said Monday that Peter Wattson will retire July 1 after working for the state of Minnesota for more than 40 years.

Wattson works as Dayton’s general counsel and is considered an expert on issues including redistricting, legislative procedure and elections. He previously served as secretary of the Minnesota Senate and had 35 years of experience advising the Senate Finance Committee.

Dayton says his administration has benefited from Wattson’s “vast experience and deep knowledge” about the legislative process.

Wattson’s retirement is set for the day that state government would shut down if the Democratic governor and Republican legislative leaders don’t reach a budget agreement.

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