Wisconsin Supreme Court strikes down governor's stay-at-home order

by Adam Ford · May 13th, 2020 7:33 pm

The Wisconsin state Supreme Court struck down Democratic Gov. Tony Ever's stay-at-home order on Wednesday, ruling that he does not have authority to act without input from the legislature, even during a public health crisis.

The 4-3 decision written by four conservative judges on the court ruled the order "invalid, and therefore, unenforceable."

Republican state lawmakers had sued Gov. Evers and state Department of Health Secretary Andrea Palm over the order requiring nonessential businesses to remain shuttered until at least May 26, arguing that the administration had exceeded its authority.

Evers issued the lockdown order in March; it was supposed to end April 24, but he extended it until the end of May. The state high court will now allow the order to remain in effect for one more week while the governor and lawmakers work out a new plan.


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