Appeals court sides with Wisconsin GOP on laws that limit Dem powers

A Wisconsin appeals court on Wednesday restored a set of laws designed to curtail Democratic authority that were passed during last year's lame-duck session by the state's GOP-controlled legislature, the Associated Press reported.

Dane County Judge Richard Niess voided all the lawmakers' actions last week because he concluded they had brought themselves into session at a time that wasn't allowed.

Wednesday's decision from the 3rd District Court of Appeals granted a request by GOP legislators to stay Niess’ ruling pending a full appeal, according to the AP.


Some portions of the laws are still blocked however because another Dane County judge issued a temporary injunction, saying the laws likely violated the separation-of-powers doctrine in the state constitution.

According to the Associated Press, Republicans have plans to also challenge that ruling.

The laws, signed by outgoing Gov. Scott Walker (R), would shift powers away newly elected Gov. Tony Evers (D) and Attorney General Josh Kaul (D) to the GOP-controlled Wisconsin legislature.

If fully actualized, they would prohibit Evers from withdrawing from lawsuits or Kaul from settling lawsuits without legislative approval.