Judge Blocks Wisconsin Laws Passed During GOP Lame-Duck Session

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Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers arrives at the state capitol in February to deliver his state budget to lawmakers. PHOTO: STEVE APPS/WISCONSIN STATE JOURNAL/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Reprinted from The Wall Street Journal by The Associated Press on March 21, 2019.

A judge on Thursday temporarily blocked Wisconsin Republicans’ contentious lame-duck laws limiting the powers of new Democratic Governor Tony Evers, who immediately used his restored authority to pull the state out of a multistate challenge to the Affordable Care Act.

Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess brushed aside GOP concerns that the move would leave thousands of statutes passed in so-called extraordinary sessions susceptible to challenge. Republican legislative leaders vowed to appeal.

The order is part of a lawsuit filed by a coalition of liberal-leaning groups. They allege the Legislature met illegally when it passed the lame-duck bills in December. …

WSJ 3/21

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