Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday suggested he'll be presenting a federal judge with an "action plan" next week to make changes to the Minnesota Sex Offender program, recently ruled unconstitutional.

The governor did not provide specifics of his plan for Monday, saying "We're still trying to clarify exactly what the parameters are going to be, but I'm coming prepared to present an action plan, and I'm not going to go into that now."

He said he hopes to learn "what it's going to take in terms of legislative language and more importantly...money" to satisfy the federal court's rulling calling for changes to the program.  

Dayton, Attorney General Lori Swanson and other legislative leaders will attend the Monday hearing, which is closed to reporters and the public.

The Star Tribune on Thursday joined 15 other news organizations in filing a lawsuit asking the federal judge to open the meeting to the public. 

U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank, who last month declared that MSOP violates the U.S. Constitution by detaining hundreds of sex offenders with little prospect of release, offered no explanation in his ruling for closing the conference.

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