Andy Manis / AP
A judge has defeated the laws passed by Wisconsin Republicans in the lame duck legislative meeting in December and restored, if only temporarily, the Democratic governors Tony Evers.
A district judge ruled on Thursday that all laws and appointments passed by lawmakers were unlawful because they met in a so-called "extraordinary meeting" that is not expressly allowed under the state's constitution.
Gov. Evers took the decision almost immediately and called on the Wisconsin Department of Justice, led by Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul, to withdraw the state from a lawsuit seeking to lift the Affordable Care Act.
"As the governor, please take all necessary steps to remove Wisconsin from Texas against the United States," wrote Evers & # 39; senior legal adviser Ryan Nilsestuen in an email to the Justice Department shortly after the verdict was issued had been.
Evers and Kaul set out on leave the campaign The case, but one of the lame-duck laws prevented them from fulfilling their promise.
The ruling has also temporarily set down 82 appointments that former Republican Governor Scott Walker had made in the waning days of his reign were confirmed by Republican state senators in the Lame-Duck meeting.
If the verdict holds, these appointments would now be made by Evers.
Evers issued a statement in which he praised the verdict and described it as a victory for the people who uphold the Wisconsin Constitution.
"The legislature outstripped their hand by using an unlawful process to gain more power for themselves and for overriding the will of the people, despite the results of last November's elections," Evers said. "I look forward to leaving this disappointing chapter behind so we can move forward together to put the needs of the people of Wisconsin first." Further steps.
Republican leader Rep. Robin Vos and US Senate Scott Fitzgerald pledged to appeal the verdict. He stated in a statement that it was in conflict with the way in which the legislature had been doing business for years.
The Legislature has used extraordinary sessions that have been widely supported by members of both parties, "they said," Today's ruling is just chaos and certainly raises questions about items that were passed in previous extraordinary sessions. "
The lawsuit was brought by a coalition of plaintiffs that included the League of Women in Wisconsin, the rights of the Disabled, Wisconsin, Inc. and Black Leaders Organizing for Communities.
A federal judge ruled against Republicans and blocked laws in January adopted at the Lame-Duck meeting, which restricted early voting