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GOP legislators take Safer at Home extension to the Supreme Court

Robin Vos
Robin Vos

As was expected, today Republican leaders in the state legislature took Tony Evers and DHS Secretary Designate Andrea Palm to court. They are requesting an emergency order from the State Supreme Court to have the recent extension of the Safer at Home order rolled back. Under the recent extension non-essential businesses, schools, and other entities will remain closed until May 26. Republicans are attempting to stop the DHS Secretary from implementing emergency rules without first consulting with the legislature.

Just as troubling, the Secretary asserts that her go-it-alone shutdown authority has no expiration date— making it greater than even the Governor’s emergency powers. 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. Our State will be in shambles. 

Additionally, the filing contends that Secretary-Designee Palm exceeded her authority by closing businesses in the state, ordering people to stay at home, and prohibiting much travel in the state. 

According to today's count there are 4,620 tested COVID-19 infections in the state and 242 people have died. 

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April 21, 2020 - 2:44pm
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