MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Supreme Court is poised to listen to arguments in the last lawsuit challenging Republicans’ lame-duck laws weakening Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul’s powers.
Republican legislators in December passed statutes that prohibit Evers from ordering Kaul to withdraw from lawsuits, give lawmakers to right to intervene in lawsuits using their own attorneys rather than Kaul’s Department of Justice lawyers and force Kaul to get legislative approval before settling lawsuits.
A coalition of unions filed suit in February alleging the laws violate the separation of powers between the Legislature and the executive branch.
The Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in the case Monday afternoon. The court’s conservative majority upheld the laws in a separate case in June.