- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 7, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A former Minnesota lawmaker is objecting to the state’s demand that he cover millions of dollars in costs if he ends up delaying construction of a new Minnesota Senate office building.

An attorney for former St. Cloud Rep. Jim Knoblach filed a response Wednesday with the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

State lawyers contend Knoblach should post and forfeit an $18.6 million bond if his lawsuit to block the project doesn’t succeed on appeal and the project is delayed.

Knoblach argues the amount is excessive and premature. He also contends the state apparently is trying to get him to put up money that’s already been appropriated for relocating the senators while the state Capitol is renovated.

The state hopes to break ground on the new Senate building by July.


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