GOP Wisconsin Lawmakers File Lawsuit to Block Statewide Stay-At-Home Order

Some Wisconsin Republican lawmakers are growing frustrated with Gov. Tony Evers (D) as they filed a lawsuit to block his statewide stay-at-home order extending restrictions through May 26.

Speaker of Wisconsin State Assembly Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) issued a statement voicing their concerns.

“The public outcry over the Safer at Home order continues to increase as positive COVID cases decrease or remain flat,” the statement reads. “There’s immense frustration regarding the extension, as it goes beyond the executive branch’s statutory powers. Wisconsinites are forced to sit by with no voice in the process.”

The lawsuit challenges the authority of Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm. The lawmakers claim she has “laid claim to a suite of czar-like powers” which is “unlimited in scope and indefinite in duration.”

It goes on to assert that her authority does not have an expiration date and it is ultimately greater than Evers’ authority.

The lawmakers point out the expiration date of the order but also acknowledge it may be extended.

“To be sure, Emergency Order 28 says it terminates on May 26, but nothing suggests that it won’t be extended again. Perhaps it will even run into 2021.”

“In any case, by the time the Secretary sees fit to lift her decree (be it in five weeks or eight months), many Wisconsinites will have lost their jobs, and many companies will have gone under, to say nothing of the Order’s countless other downstream societal effects,” the lawsuit reads.

It adds, “Our State will be in shambles.”

The lawsuit reiterates Palm “took unprecedented action” in making her decisions and did not follow “any of our State’s requirements for rulemaking.”

Evers responded to the lawsuit in a twitter thread.

“Today’s action by legislative Republicans during a crisis is a shameful response by people elected to protect and serve the people of our state,” Evers tweeted.

He added, “It is a disservice to those we represent, those who are struggling in this crisis, and the economy we will need to rebuild together.”

Vos and Fitzgerald closed their statement asserting Wisconsin’s residents deserve an end to the order.

“Wisconsinites deserve certainty, transparency, and a plan to end the constant stream of executive orders that are eroding both the economy and their liberty even as the state is clearly seeing a decline in COVID infections,” the statement reads.

The lawsuit will head to the Wisconsin Supreme Court for a decision.

Responses

  1. I find it a major problem having my Constitutional RIGHTS shredded by an inept member of the Jackass Party who don’t give two hoots about the Nation’s economy or the American people who like to eat or have a $24,000 refrigerators full of ice cream and a wine cellar full of home grown stupid juice like Piglosi (D-CA). But being in the top 1% and raking in the big bucks from who knows where, why worry about the lowly peasant class? Let ’em starve or die from the kung flu.

  2. R’s don’t consider consequences a good use of their mental faculties or their time. ACT, then find someone to blame later. If you were wondering what it would be like to be a toddler again, Wisconsin R’s want to show you. Their children and grandchildren will be so proud.
    Can anyone explain WHY R’s have problems with any EO signed by a D and NO problem with an EO issued and signed by a R??

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