Gearin issues ruling on DHS licensing, housing access

Posted at 11:54 AM on July 7, 2011 by Catharine Richert

On the recommendation of Special Master Kathleen Blatz, Ramsey County District Court Judge Kathleen Gearin has issued new rulings that, among other things, will allow licensing activities at the Department of Human Services to continue during a shutdown.

On July 6, Gov. Mark Dayton had asked Blatz to recommend that DHS licensing activities be deemed a core government function. The department division performs background checks for employees and volunteers who work on programs deemed critical by Gearin's earlier ruling.

In a separate document, Gearin ruled that funding for training the blind continue.

Gearin's also denied a petition put forth by the ARC Minnesota, a group that helps adults with disabilities move into their own apartments, that argued state funding for its housing-access services is critical.

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