MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The appointment of Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to fill United States Senator Al Franken’s vacated seat is creating political upheaval at the State Capitol.
By law, State Senate President Michelle Fischbach moves into the lieutenant governor position.READ MORE: 5 St. Cloud Bank Employees Unharmed After Hourslong Hostage Ordeal; Ray Reco McNeary In Custody How Much Is A Mother's Work Worth?
On Thursday, Minnesota’s Solicitor General issued an opinion saying an 1898 decision by the Minnesota Supreme Court that allowed a lieutenant governor to do both jobs is no longer valid.
The GOP holds a one-seat majority in the Senate, so if Fischbach cannot hold both jobs, the chamber could be tied.MORE NEWS: COVID Restrictions: Walz To End Capacity Restrictions By May 28, Mask Mandate By July 1