Capitol Notes: More Lawsuits Challenging Lame-Duck Laws Loom On The Horizon

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It was a wild ride at the State Capitol last week, as a Dane County judge struck down the lame-duck laws that the Republican-led Legislature passed in December , before Democratic Gov. Tony Evers took office. The laws stripped Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul of some of their powers. After the judge's ruling, Kaul quickly moved to pull Wisconsin out of the multi-state federal lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act, something that was forbidden under the lame-duck laws. Then, attorneys for Republican lawmakers petitioned an appeals court to put the laws back in place, while the case is on formal appeal. A ruling could be made late Monday afternoon, at the earliest. JR Ross of wispolitics.com, says challenges to the lame-duck laws are far from over. A different Dane County judge heard arguments Monday in a case brought by several unions, challenging the laws. Attorneys for the unions argued that the laws violate the "separation of powers" laid out in the state constitution. An

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