MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Attorney General Josh Kaul is telling the state Supreme Court that Gov. Tony Evers’ administration has broad authority to issue a stay-at-home order to protect state residents from the coronavirus.
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Republican legislators asked the court earlier this month to block the stay-at-home order, arguing state Department of Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm needed legislative approval before she issued it.
Kaul filed a response with the court on the DHS’ behalf late Tuesday afternoon.
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He argues state law clearly gives the executive branch broad authority to respond to public health emergencies. Conservatives control the court 5-2.