ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is shaving some time off his upcoming trade trip to Mexico to be at a court conference on the state’s sex offender confinement program.
Dayton’s office said Thursday he would be at the Aug. 10 conference on possible changes to the civil commitment program that a federal judge ruled unconstitutional. Judge Donovan Frank has asked the governor and legislative leaders to appear for the start of a remedy phase.
Dayton was supposed to leave a day earlier on a state trade mission. Deputy Chief of Staff Linden Zakula says the governor’s travel schedule has been rearranged so Dayton can join up with other participants at a later date. Zakula says Dayton will miss some meetings in Mexico that couldn’t be changed.
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