The conservative-leaning court ruled 4-3 that Evers violated state law by extending the mask’s tenure by executive order for months, when he needed legislative approval to extend the term beyond the 60 day prescription.
“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 has extended the mask’s tenure four times since it was first imposed in August, most recently in February, immediately after Republican lawmakers repealed it, saying it could issue multiple emergency orders due to developments the circumstances of the pandemic.
This is the second time the Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled against Evers for his stay-at-home order last year.
Additionally, a state appeals court blocked Evers’ attempt last May to limit indoor gatherings to 25 percent of capacity.
Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg) applauded the decision, noting that it confirmed the separation of powers.
“I congratulate the Court on bringing this constitutional crisis to an end in our state. Their decision confirms the separation of powers and the rule of law – fundamental principles since the founding of our state and our nation. The repeated abuse of emergency powers by the governor and the widespread violation of the state’s statute created a state of chaos and had to be stopped. The legislature exercised its power to revoke Governor Evers’ order in February, and today the court delivered the final charge of the governor’s illegal actions.
“Today’s decision justifies the Legislature as a co-equal branch of government and will expand freedom and opportunity for the people of Wisconsin. As we work to fully and safely reopen our state, we trust our residents to follow CDC guidelines when appropriate, get vaccinated when ready, and always use common sense.
Will there be real consequences for Evers if there is a repeated violation of state law?
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