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Wisconsin Supreme Court To Hand Down Lame-Duck Ruling This Week

Justices Expected To Release Their Decision Friday

Law books in the hearing room of the Wisconsin Supreme Court
Michelle Johnson/WPR

The Wisconsin Supreme Court is ready to hand down a ruling in a lawsuit challenging Republican’s lame-duck laws limiting Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul’s powers.

The court plans to release its decision Friday morning. The ruling will settle a lawsuit brought by a group of liberal-leaning organizations that contends the Legislature convened illegally when it passed the laws in December.

A Dane County judge sided with the liberal-leaning organizations in March and blocked the laws. A state appeals court has stayed his injunction, however.

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The laws prohibit Evers from ordering Kaul to withdraw from lawsuits, required Kaul to get legislators’ permission to settle lawsuits and guaranteed lawmakers the right to intervene in lawsuits using their own attorneys rather than lawyers within Kaul’s state Department of Justice.

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