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Wisconsin high court takes up another lame-duck lawsuitSubmitted: 04/20/2019
MADISON -  The Wisconsin Supreme Court will take over the appeal in a second lawsuit challenging Republican-backed laws passed in a lame-duck session to restrict the powers of the newly elected Democratic governor and attorney general.

The decision Friday bypasses the state Appeals Court in the case involving the Service Employees International Union Local 1 and other unions. They're arguing the laws passed last year to limit some of the powers of Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul violate constitutional separation of powers between the legislative and executive branches.

The State Journal reports the conservative-led court said Friday the state's interests "would be best served by the appeal bypassing the court of appeals."

On Monday, the high court said it would also take up a separate lawsuit challenging the lame-duck laws.

Story By: Associated Press

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