Wisconsin’s Supreme Court rejected the extension of a stay-at-home order by Gov. Tony Evers on Wednesday, siding with Republicans in a high-profile challenge of the emergency authority of a statewide official during the coronavirus pandemic.
Mr. Evers, a Democrat, had extended the prohibition on most travel and operations of nonessential businesses until May 26. But in a 4-to-3 ruling, the court said that the measure had exceeded the authority given to Wisconsin’s top health official under state law.
“An agency cannot confer on itself the power to dictate the lives of law-abiding individuals as comprehensively as the order does without reaching beyond the executive branch’s authority,” the justices wrote.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court is the highest appellate court in Wisconsin. The Supreme Court has jurisdiction over original actions, appeals from lower courts, and regulation or administration of the practice of law in Wisconsin. – READ MORE »