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UPDATE: Governor signs scaled-down injunction bill

UPDATED Thursday, March 27, 2014 --- 12:26 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that would allow attorneys to appeal court rulings blocking state laws.

The Assembly passed a bill last year that would allow lawyers to nullify rulings that block statutes if they file an appeal within 10 days. Republicans introduced the bill after judges struck down parts of Walker's collective bargaining restrictions and voided voter photo identification requirements.

The Legislature's attorneys warned the bill might violate the separation of legislative and judicial powers. Senate Republicans scaled the bill back dramatically to give lawyers the right to appeal rulings issued ahead of a final judgment.

The bill was among 29 Walker signed privately on Thursday morning in Milwaukee. Walker's legislative liaison sent lawmakers an email notifying them that the governor was signing the bills into law.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, February 18, 2014 --- 4:48 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Attorneys could appeal temporary rulings that put Wisconsin laws on hold under a bill the state Assembly has approved.

The Assembly passed a measure in June that would allow lawyers to nullify rulings that block statutes if they appeal within 10 days. Republicans introduced the bill after Dane County judges struck down portions of Gov. Scott Walker's public union restrictions and invalidated the GOP's photo identification requirements for voters.

The Legislature's attorneys, though, warned the bill might violate the separation between the legislative and judicial branches. Senate Republicans revised the bill last week to allow lawyers to appeal rulings issued ahead of a final judgment and dropped the nullification language.

The Assembly concurred with the changes 60-36 Tuesday. The bill now goes to Gov. Scott Walker.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, February 11, 2014 --- 12:58 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Senate has approved a scaled-down bill that would allow attorneys to appeal rulings blocking state laws.

The Assembly passed a measure in June that would allow lawyers to nullify rulings that block statutes from taking effect if they file an appeal within 10 days. Republicans introduced the bill after Dane County judges struck down portions of Gov. Scott Walker's collective bargaining restrictions and voided GOP photo identification requirements for voters.

The Legislature's attorneys, however, say the bill might violate the separation of legislative and judicial powers.

Senate Republicans scaled the bill back to give lawyers the right to appeal rulings issued ahead of a final judgment. The rulings wouldn't be nullified, however.

The Senate approved the changes 18-13. The measure now goes back to the Assembly.

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UPDATED Tuesday, February 11, 2014 --- 10:12 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Senate is set to pass a scaled-down bill that would allow attorneys to appeal rulings blocking state laws.

The Assembly passed a measure in June that would allow lawyers to nullify rulings that block statutes from taking effect if they file an appeal within 10 days. Republicans introduced the bill after Dane County judges struck down portions of Gov. Scott Walker's law stripping public workers of their union rights and voided GOP photo identification requirements for voters.

The Legislature's attorneys, however, say the bill might violate the separation of legislative and judicial powers.

The Senate is set to adopt a new version of the bill Tuesday that would allow lawyers to appeal rulings if they're issued ahead of a final judgment. The rulings wouldn't be nullified, however.

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UPDATED Thursday, June 6, 2013 --- 5:51 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Assembly has passed a Republican-backed bill aimed at making it harder for courts to block state laws.

The proposal from Rep. David Craig would allow an attorney to stay a judge's order blocking a state law by filing an appeal within 10 days. The stay would remain effective until an appellate court lifted it.

Craig's proposal comes after Dane County judges struck down portions of Republican Gov. Scott Walker's law stripping most public workers of their union rights and a voter photo identification law.

Democrats say Craig's bill is an end-run around the legal system and tramples on the judicial process.

The measure passed on a 57-39 vote on Thursday. It now goes to the Senate for consideration.

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UPDATED Thursday, June 6, 2013 --- 10:09 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Assembly is poised to pass a Republican bill that would allow attorneys to stay court injunctions blocking state laws.

The proposal would allow an attorney to stay a judge's order blocking a state law by filing an appeal within 10 days. The stay would remain in effect until an appellate court lifted it. The measure comes after Dane County judges struck down portions of Republican Gov. Scott Walker's law stripping public workers of their union rights and voided a Republican law mandating voters show photo identification at the polls.

Democrats say the measure amounts to an end-run around the legal system and tramples on the separation of powers between the legislative and judicial branches of government.

But Republicans control the Assembly. They've scheduled a vote for Thursday afternoon.

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UPDATED Tuesday June 4, 2013 -- 8:02 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Assembly is set to pass a Republican bill this week that would allow attorneys to block court orders nullifying state laws, but it looks like it's going to be a while before the Senate gets to it.

The bill would allow an attorney to stay a judge's order blocking a state law by filing an appeal within 10 days. The Assembly is scheduled to vote on the measure Thursday.

The bill's prospects in the Senate are unclear, though.

A spokeswoman for Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says senators are focused on the state budget and won't consider the bill before the Legislature takes its summer recess at the end of June. She says Republican Senate leaders may consider the proposal after lawmakers reconvene this fall.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Updated: Tuesday May 14, 2013 -- 8:00 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Assembly is expected to take up a Republican bill that would allow attorneys to nullify court rulings blocking state laws by filing quick appeals.

Under the bill, an attorney could stay a trial judge's order blocking a state law by filing an appeal within 10 days. The stay would remain in place until the appellate court or Supreme Court lifted it or disposed of the case with a final order.

The bill comes after Dane County judges last year struck down portions of Republican Gov. Scott Walker's signature law stripping most public workers of nearly all their union rights and voided a GOP law mandating voters show photo identification.

The Assembly is set to vote on the bill Tuesday afternoon.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Wednesday, April 10, 2013 --- 11:28 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican legislators are circulating a bill that would allow attorneys to nullify court rulings blocking state laws by filing a quick appeal.

Under the bill, attorneys could essentially void injunctions or restraining orders blocking statutes by filing an appeal within 10 days. The stay would remain in effect until an appellate court or the state Supreme Court orders it lifted or disposes of the case with a final order.

The bill comes after Dane County judges struck down portions of Gov. Scott Walker's law stripping most public workers of their union rights and voided a GOP law mandating voters show photo identification at the polls.

Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, a Kenosha Democrat, says the GOP is trying to alter the balance of power between courts and the Legislature.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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