Wis. Assembly passes injunction bill

The Wisconsin state Capitol in Madison is seen, Jan. 14, 2014.
The Wisconsin state Capitol in Madison is seen, Jan. 14, 2014.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Attorneys could appeal temporary rulings that put Wisconsin laws on hold under a bill the state Assembly has approved.

The Assembly passed a measure in June that would allow lawyers to nullify rulings that block statutes if they appeal within 10 days. Republicans introduced the bill after Dane County judges struck down portions of Gov. Scott Walker’s public union restrictions and invalidated the GOP’s photo identification requirements for voters.

The Legislature’s attorneys, though, warned the bill might violate the separation between the legislative and judicial branches. Senate Republicans revised the bill last week to allow lawyers to appeal rulings issued ahead of a final judgment and dropped the nullification language.

The Assembly concurred with the changes 60-36 Tuesday. The bill now goes to Gov. Scott Walker.

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