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Lawmakers plan to ask the Supreme Court to block Evers' 'Safer at Home' extension

Posted at 5:25 PM, Apr 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 11:50:09-04

WISCONSIN — Following Governor Tony Evers' decision to extend the Safer at Home order through May 26, Republican lawmakers are planning to ask the Wisconsin Supreme Court to block the extension.

Evers made the announcement on Thursday, extending the order through May 26. With the extension, Evers also ordered that all schools remain closed for the rest of the academic year.

Wisconsin State Senator Alberta Darling said that she, and fellow republican lawmakers, plan to take their fight to block Evers' extension to the Supreme Court.

"Actually, the governor passed his authority over to the secretary of health and human services and she basically is a bureaucrat who does not have jurisdictions over the legislature," said Darling. "We are the elected officials and she has bypassed our role. Usually what happens when a secretary has a policy, she has to run it through our rules process, have hearings, and run it through it our rules committee and have it approved by the legislature. He's totally disregarded that oversight and that's automatically wrong. I don't want a bureaucrat telling me how to shut down business and how to stay in my home. "

It is unclear if they would negotiate a new date or let the state open on April 24, as previously scheduled.

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