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Assembly OKs bill to allow appeals of injunctions

By: Dan Shaw, [email protected]//February 18, 2014//

Assembly OKs bill to allow appeals of injunctions

By: Dan Shaw, [email protected]//February 18, 2014//

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The Wisconsin Assembly voted along party lines, 60-36, Tuesday in favor of a bill meant to speed up legal challenges made to recently passed state laws.

A previous version of the bill would have automatically stayed injunctions handed down against laws if those injunctions were appealed within 10 days of being issued by a judge. A considerably watered-down version of the bill passed last week by the state Senate would merely allow lawyers to appeal, as a matter of right, injunctions placed on state statutes but would not automatically stay injunctions.

Republicans introduced the bill after Dane County judges struck down portions of Gov. Scott Walker’s law stripping public workers of their union rights and voided GOP photo identification requirements for voters.

That provision staying injunctions was taken out of the bill amid questions over whether the proposed change would infringe on the separation-of-powers doctrine.

To become law, the legislation still must be signed by Gov. Scott Walker for approval.

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