GOP Wants High Court to Take Law Challenges

Posted Friday, February 15, 2013 --- 9:20 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The president of the state Senate is trying to gather support for a bill that would require the Wisconsin Supreme Court to take any lawsuit challenging state statutes directly and decide the matter within 150 days.

Sen. Michael Ellis, a Neenah Republican, sent an email to all legislators on Thursday asking for co-sponsors.

The bill comes after a multiple parties filed lawsuits challenging Republican Gov. Scott Walker's contentious law stripping most public workers of nearly all their union rights and a GOP-authored law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.

Ellis writes in his email the bill would streamline the process.

A conservative four-justice majority currently controls the Supreme Court.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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