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High court denies Evers’ motion in lame-duck lawsuits

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has denied Gov. Tony Evers’ motion to reconsider a brief amicus curiae from the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty in two lame-duck lawsuits.

The two suits pit the Service Employees International Union, Local 1 against House Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester. In February, Evers joined the labor union in asking a judge to suspend the lame-duck law passed by state Republicans to limit his powers.

Evers filed a motion to reconsider last week’s state Supreme Court order that allowed the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty to file a non-party brief amicus curiae. The high court announced it had denied the motion and accepted the brief’s filing Friday. Oral arguments are scheduled for Oct. 21.

The Supreme Court upheld the lame-duck laws in a 4-3 ruling in June. A group of liberal-leaning organizations had sued, alleging the laws were invalid because legislators convened illegally to pass them, but the justices decided the Wisconsin Constitution gives lawmakers the authority to decide when to meet.

 

About Michaela Paukner, mpaukner@wislawjournal.com

Michaela Paukner is the legal reporter for the Wisconsin Law Journal. She can be reached at (414) 225-1825 or by email at mpaukner@wislawjournal.com.

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