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UPDATE: Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds Republican-authored lame-duck laws in union lawsuit

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld Republican-authored lame-duck laws that curtailed the powers of the incoming Democratic attorney general.

The ruling Thursday rejected arguments that the laws were unconstitutional, giving Republican yet another victory.

The Republican-controlled Legislature passed a series of laws in December 2018 designed to weaken Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul, both Democrats, before they took office in January 2019.

The laws prohibit Evers from ordering Kaul to withdraw from lawsuits, give legislators the right to intervene in lawsuits without using Kaul's Justice Department lawyers and force Kaul to get GOP legislators' permission before settling lawsuits.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Wisconsin Supreme Court is scheduled to rule on whether laws limiting the powers of the governor and attorney general are unconstitutional Thursday.

The case challenges laws that Republican lawmakers passed in 2018 before Governor Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul were sworn into office.

The Service Employee International Union argues that the laws violate the state's constitutions separation of powers.

This is the second attempt by liberal groups to overturn lame-duck laws. Justices sided with GOP lawmakers last year and ordered the extraordinary session laws be upheld, under a lawsuit brought by the League of Women Voters and other groups. 

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