Republican state leaders sue Dem Wisconsin governor Tony Evers over stay-at-home order

Per The Guardian, Republican state leaders in Wisconsin on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the Democratic governor Tony Evers, challenging his stay-at-home order to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

The issue of when to re-open state economies has become increasingly political, at times putting Donald Trump at odds with his own top public health officials and federal guidelines.

The president has pressed for a swift lifting of restrictions put on social and business activities across the US and last week spoke of rightwing backed protesters against stay-home orders as “responsible people”, in a highly unusual move to encourage civil disobedience in violation of government guidelines amid a national emergency.

The lawsuit asks the Wisconsin supreme court to issue a temporary injunction on the state’s order that was extended until 26 May by the Wisconsin department of health services secretary last week at the direction of the governor.

DailyCaller reports Wisconsin’s Republican-majority legislature has filed an emergency petition with the state’s Supreme Court to block Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ stay-at-home order extension.

Evers extended the closure Thursday of most businesses deemed nonessential from April 24 to May 26. Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald hope the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which is controlled by conservatives, will directly take the case and block the extension instead of having to file through lower courts.

The emergency petition claims the order exceeds the governor’s statutory authority and asked for a six-day stay so “a new emergency rule consistent with Wisconsin law” can be drafted.

“Wisconsinites are forced to sit by with no voice in the process,” Vos and Fitzgerald said in a statement, according to The Hill. “Other Midwestern states with more confirmed cases, like Ohio, have set firm dates to begin a phased reopening far earlier than the Evers administration.”

The Republican leaders said the state’s citizens “deserve certainty, transparency, and a plan to end the constant stream of executive orders that are eroding both the economy and their liberty even as the state is clearly seeing a decline in COVID infections.”

The petition said the governor’s decision has “irreparably harmed the Legislature by depriving it of the ability to exercise its statutorily prescribed oversight of an unprecedented administrative rule affecting the lives of millions of Wisconsinites.”

Earlier this month the Wisconsin Supreme Court blocked Evers’ order postponing the state’s primary elections due to coronavirus concerns.