The Latest: Wisconsin Democrats sue over lame-duck law


    Gov. Scott Walker holds a chart explaining the powers of the governor's office after he acts on bills passed in a "lame-duck" legislative session Dec. 14, 2018, at the Green Bay State Office Building. (WLUK/Gabrielle Mays)

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Latest on labor unions' lawsuit challenging Wisconsin Republicans' lame-duck law (all times local):

    2:30 p.m.

    The Wisconsin Democratic Party is filing a federal lawsuit challenging Republican-authored lame-duck laws that limit Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul's powers.

    The party filed the lawsuit Thursday in Madison. It alleges that the law violates the U.S. Constitution's guarantees of a republican form of government, free speech and equal protection.

    The law prohibits Evers from ordering Kaul to withdraw Wisconsin from lawsuits and requires Kaul to get permission from lawmakers before agreeing settlements. It also shifts settlement awards from Kaul's office to the state's general fund.

    A group of liberal-leaning organizations and a coalition of labor unions have filed separate lawsuits challenging the law in state court.

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    11 a.m.

    Democratic Gov. Tony Evers says a judge should suspend Republicans' lame duck law limiting his powers.

    Labor unions filed a lawsuit this month challenging the law, which prohibits Evers from pulling the state out of lawsuits without legislative approval and requires state agencies to take down publications explaining how they interpret state law by July unless they send the documents through a public comment period. The unions want a temporary restraining order blocking the law.

    The lawsuit names Evers as a defendant, but on Wednesday he filed an affidavit saying he supports the unions.

    Evers argues the law violates separation of powers principles and hampers his ability to direct litigation. He also contends state agencies won't be able to update their publications by July 1 and many documents will disappear.

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    8:55 a.m.

    Democratic Gov. Tony Evers says a judge should suspend Republicans' lame duck law limiting his powers.

    Labor unions filed a lawsuit this month challenging the law, which prohibits Evers from pulling the state out of lawsuits without legislative approval and requires state agencies to take down publications explaining how they interpret state law by July unless they send the documents through a public comment period. The unions want a temporary restraining order blocking the law.

    The lawsuit names Evers as a defendant, but on Wednesday he filed an affidavit saying he supports the unions.

    Evers argues the law violates separation of powers principles and hampers his ability to direct litigation. He also contends state agencies won't be able to update their publications by July 1 and many documents will disappear.

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