Wisconsin Supreme Court Throws Out Governor’s Stay-At-Home Order

Be careful what you wish for.

Wisconsin Republican state lawmakers challenged Governor Tony Evers’ stay-at-home order because the governor implemented the orders without consent and approval from the legislature, as required by law. The case quickly wound up before the Wisconsin Supreme Court, where the lawmakers asked the justices to overturn the order, but to stay the decision for a week while the governor and legislature worked out an agreeable plan.

They got half their wish.

In a 4-3 vote, the Supreme Court overturned the order, but refused to issue a stay, so the statewide stay-at-home order immediately went away, leaving private businesses to reopen as they see fit. Government-controlled entities such as schools will remain closed, but everything else falls under local jurisdiction until a new statewide order can be passed.

This means restrictions will vary by county and even by city within counties.

Evers said:

“Republican legislators convinced four members of the Supreme Court to throw the state into chaos. Republicans own that chaos.”

To be sure, many people would rather have the “chaos” of local control and consideration that reflects the situation in their area than a statewide order that treats Milwaukee and Minong Falls the same.

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