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Thursday, June 6, 2013

 5:12 PM 

Assembly passes bill on court reviews of laws

The Assembly voted 57-39 to pass a bill enabling automatic injunctions of stays on new state laws.

Republicans argued the bill would maintain the judicial review process while keeping a judge elected by a single county from usurping the power of the elected Legislature and governor.

"One judge, elected by one county in the state, shouldn't be allowed to upend legislation in perpetuity without a process," said Rep. David Craig, R-Vernon.

Dems countered the bill attacks an independent branch of government and would eventually be struck down by the judiciary.

"We are being asked today to pass a piece of legislation that the Supreme Court of Wisconsin ... (says) is unconstitutional," said Rep. Fred Kessler, D-Milwaukee.

Rep. Evan Goyke, D-Milwaukee, added that just as the Assembly forbids questioning members' motives, "we shouldn't second-guess our independent branch, our judiciary."

"This bill is an abuse of power, and it's an assault on democracy," added Rep. Gary Hebl, D-Sun Prairie, saying "this body believes it's above our constitution."


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