The conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned Democratic Governor Tony Evers’ mask mandate on Wednesday in a 4-3 judgment.
The state Supreme Court ruled that Evers broke the law by unilaterally issuing several emergency orders and bypassing the state legislature.
“The question in this case is not whether the governor acted wisely; it is if he acted legally. We conclude not, ”wrote Judge Brian Hagedorn for the majority.
Evers fought hard to keep the mask mandate in place and ignored the will of the legislature, the body closest to the people who voted to repeal the mask mandate.
Governor Evers issued a 60-day emergency order in August 2020 and continued to extend his illegal terms.
Last month, Evers released a New statewide mask mandate an hour after state GOP lawmakers voted to repeal the previous mask mandate.
The GOP-led Wisconsin Senate last month voted 18-13 to repeal Evers statewide mask mandate.
The joint resolution to end the Evers Emergency Order was passed by the Republican-controlled legislature at the end of February in a 52-to-42 vote.
Wednesday’s decision was a huge victory for Republicans in Wisconsin who have spent months fighting lockdowns and Evers’ mask mandates.
“The repeated abuse of emergency powers by the governor and the widespread violation of state statutes created a state of chaos and had to be stopped,” said Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu.
Mask warrants in Dane and Milwaukee County remain in place.