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Wisconsin officials await ruling on laws limiting governor

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin officials are waiting for a pair of courts to decide whether laws that Republicans passed last year limiting the powers of the new Democratic governor and attorney general can stand.

Lawmakers passed the proposals in a lame-duck session in December, before Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul had taken office.

A Dane County judge blocked the laws on Thursday, ruling that lawmakers convened illegally when they passed them. Attorneys for Republicans are asking the 3rd District Court of Appeals to put that ruling on hold pending an appeal. That decision could come any moment.

Another Dane County judge is expected to decide on Tuesday whether to block the laws in response to union arguments that they violate the separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches.

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