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Wisconsin Supreme Court to take lame-duck lawsuit

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Supreme Court has agreed to consider a legal challenge to Republican-backed laws passed in a lame-duck session last year that limited the powers of the state’s newly elected governor and attorney general.

The high court said in an order late Monday that it would take over the case from a state appeals court, with oral arguments May 15.

The laws approved in December came after Democrats Tony Evers and Josh Kaul unseated Republicans in the midterm election. Among other things, they restricted how Evers and Kaul could maneuver in lawsuits without getting legislative approval first.

The League of Women Voters and other liberal-leaning groups challenged the laws, and a Dane County judge agreed in March with an injunction blocking the laws. Republicans immediately appealed.

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