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Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Undemocratic Legislative Practices

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Extraordinary legislative session laws will remain in place 

MADISON – Today, the Wisconsin Supreme Court reversed a lower court decision against the Wisconsin Legislature, restoring the laws enacted during the outgoing legislature’s undemocratic lame-duck session to limit the power of newly elected officials following the 2018 midterms. 

The Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, Erin Grunze, issued the following statement: 

“This decision undermines Wisconsin voters’ trust in their legislature to operate with transparency and to respect constitutional limits. We are disappointed the court ruled in favor of the Legislature’s extraordinary session that undermined the Wisconsin Constitution’s limit on unbridled power. As an organization dedicated to serving these voters, the League will continue working to educate voters about the impact of this ruling.” 

The president of the League of Women Voters of the United States, Chris Carson added the following: 

“Today’s decision by the Wisconsin Supreme Court undermines the will of Wisconsin voters. The Wisconsin State Legislature’s actions defied the democratic process, which is a major blow to our democracy as a whole. This decision makes clear the need for League’s work; and the League will continue to work to defend the will of voters, despite today’s decision.” 

Read the opinion here.

Contact: Kayla Vix | 202-809-9668 | [email protected]

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