UPDATE: Lawsuit seeks to void Wisconsin's lame-duck laws

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A coalition of liberal-leaning groups has filed a lawsuit seeking to void laws passed by Wisconsin Republicans that reduced the powers of the newly elected Democratic governor.

The groups filed the lawsuit in Dane County Circuit Court on Thursday. It argues that Republican lawmakers illegally convened the session last month to pass bills weakening newly-elected Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.

He defeated Republican Gov. Scott Walker in November. Walker signed the legislation before leaving office.

Conservative attorney Rick Esenberg says the lawsuit faces long odds because "courts are unlikely to aggressively interpret the law and inject themselves into the legislative process."

Those filing the lawsuit are the League of Women Voters, Disability Rights Wisconsin, Black Leaders Organizing for Communities and three Wisconsin voters.



MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A coalition of liberal-leaning groups is filing a lawsuit seeking to void several laws passed by Wisconsin Republicans that reduced the powers of the newly elected Democratic governor.

The groups filing the lawsuit Thursday are the League of Women Voters, Disability Rights Wisconsin, Black Leaders Organizing for Communities and three Wisconsin voters.

Coalition attorney Jeffrey Mandell released a copy of the lawsuit, which argues that lawmakers illegally convened the session last month to take up the bills. He says it'll be filed Thursday morning in Dane County Circuit Court.

Republicans pushed several bills last month during a lame-duck legislative session that reduced the powers of then Gov.-elect Tony Evers and Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul, also a Democrat.

Evers defeated Republican Gov. Scott Walker in November. Walker signed the legislation before leaving office.



MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A coalition of liberal-leaning groups and advocates for people with disabilities is filing a lawsuit seeking to void laws passed during a lame-duck legislative session called by Wisconsin Republicans.

The group's attorney Jeffrey Mandel said a lawsuit would be filed Thursday morning in Dane County Circuit Court.

The coalition argues that lawmakers illegally convened the session last month to take up the bills.

The groups filing the lawsuit are the League of Women Voters, Disability Rights Wisconsin, Black Leaders Organizing for Communities and three Wisconsin voters.

Separately, a paralyzed Democratic state representative is filing a complaint Thursday with the Dane County district attorney seeking to void the lame-duck action, arguing that GOP leaders broke the open meetings law by not saying when the vote would take place.