In December of 2018, Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, both Republicans, called the lame duck Wisconsin Legislature into extraordinary session to vote on bills that curtailed the powers of incoming Governor Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul. “Extraordinary Sessions” are a tool the Wisconsin Legislature has used periodically since 1980. There’s just one problem, says the Wisconsin League of Women Voters — the state constitution doesn’t allow for any such thing. The League of Women Voters, along with two other watchdog groups, Black Leaders Organizing for Communities and Disability Rights Wisconsin, have filed suit to have the courts declare last December’s extraordinary session unconstitutional, and to nullify the laws passed at that time. The argument convinced Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess, but failed at the state Appeals Court. On May 15, the case goes to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Erin Grunze is the Executive Director for the Wisconsin Chapter of the League of Women Voters. Erin joined host Brian Standing on the Monday Buzz, 5/13/2019.
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