Wisconsin Supreme Court strikes down governor’s stay-at-home order

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FILE – In this Dec. 4, 2019 file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in his Statehouse office in Madison, Wis.

Wisconsin’s state Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down Gov. Tony Evers’ (D) extension of his stay-at-home order issued to fight the coronavirus.

The 4-3 decision, written by the court’s conservative majority, said a governor does not have the authority to extend such an order without input from lawmakers.

The majority wrote that it was not questioning Evers’ power to set statewide standards during an emergency, but that in an ongoing crisis such as a pandemic, he has to work with the state’s legislature on long-term policies.

Evers issued a stay-at-home order in March and extended it shortly before it was due to expire on April 24, leaving it in place until May 26.

Republican state lawmakers challenged him, saying he needed their input on any long-term rules.

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