Posted 8 months ago on April 10, 2013, 2:42 p.m. EST by GirlFriday
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Madison - With some of their major legislative achievements thwarted by the courts in the past two years, Wisconsin Republicans are advancing a bill that would minimize the ability of circuit judges to block state laws for the long term.
Since 2011, circuit court judges have blocked all or parts of laws backed by Republicans that required voters to show photo ID at the polls, limited collective bargaining for public employees and expanded the governor's power over administrative rules. Under a measure announced Wednesday, such injunctions would be automatically stayed as soon as they were appealed - meaning the laws would immediately be put back in effect.
Rep. David Craig (R-Big Bend), a chief sponsor of the measure, said the bill would provide stability. He noted that challenges to state laws are ultimately decided by higher courts in many instances.
"We're trying to speed up the process," Craig said. "One judge elected by one extremely small fraction of the state . . . isn't going to have ultimate say-so over law."
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