GOP Asks Court to Restore Walker Appointees
Legislators want Appeals Court to force Evers to recognize 15 appointees the governor says were unlawful.
Lawmakers on Monday issued a formal request for the District III Court of Appeals in Wausau to enforce a stay, issued last week, in an ongoing case over December’s lame-duck session of the state Legislature.
The governor and GOP legislative leaders disagree over the power of the stay, with lawmakers contending it reinstates all 82 Walker appointments confirmed during the lame-duck session. Evers contends his action on the appointments stands.
In their request, GOP lawmakers’ lawyer, Misha Tseytlin, called Evers’ action an “affront to the court.”
“(The governor) is violating an explicit court order, and he is seeking to nullify appellate review over a significant portion of the circuit court’s decision,” the filing read.
Evers’ spokeswoman, Melissa Baldauff, was quick to push back.
“The governor’s actions were lawful and valid,” Baldauff said via email. “The governor has properly submitted nominations to the state Senate for confirmation and looks forward to prompt action to ensure these appointees can immediately get to work serving the people of Wisconsin.”
The appellate court has set deadlines later this month for briefings to be filed in the case, before arguments are heard. Republicans are pushing for quick action, as several lawsuits challenging the lame-duck session move forward.
Another circuit court ruling, issued last week, has blocked some of the laws passed during the lame-duck session. Republicans say they plan to appeal that ruling as well.
Listen to the WPR report here.
GOP Lawmakers Ask Court To Intervene In Walker Appointee Dispute was originally published by Wisconsin Public Radio.
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