(TargetLiberty.org) – Wisconsin’s controversial mask mandate has been struck down by the state’s supreme court, which ruled that the governor exceeded his authority when he imposed the rule. And it isn’t the first time the court has disagreed with Governor Tony Evers (D).
Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules Governor Exceeded His Authority With Mask Mandate, Extended Lockdowns https://t.co/xJYmfwTxJz
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) March 31, 2021
On March 31, the Wisconsin Supreme Court voted 4-3 to repeal the statewide mask mandate, which Evers imposed last August and has since extended four times. The governor claims he’s entitled to issue multiple public health orders; the court disagrees, and has now ruled that any public health emergency is valid for a maximum of 60 days Additionally, the law can’t be extended without the approval of the state legislature. Evers has tried to avoid testing his orders in the legislature since both chambers have a GOP majority.
Last May the court struck down a “stay at home” order issued by Evers, saying he didn’t have the authority to issue it. Now it’s reached the same conclusion over masks. As one state justice said early in the mask debate, nobody’s questioning that Evers believes he’s doing the right thing; the problem is he’s doing things the law doesn’t allow.
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