Laws limiting governor’s power temporarily striked down by Wisconsin judge
Mar 23, 2019 05:29 PM EDT
A Wisconsin state judge on Thursday granted a temporary injunction on laws passed during a special session of the legislature last December that sought to limit powers of the state's incoming governor. State Circuit Court Judge Richard Niess issued the injunction by concluding that the special session of the legislature was unlawful and therefore void.
By law, the Wisconsin legislature can meet in an "extraordinary session" if it is convened as a special session by the Governor. Only two committees of the Republican legislature called for the special session to be held in December 2018. During that time, they adopted three bills limiting the incoming Democratic Governor's power and confirmed 82 nominees for state boards and councils.