Democrats file federal lawsuit against GOP over lame duck session

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin has filed a lawsuit in federal court over the lame duck session.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday and aims to stop the laws passed by Republicans during December’s extraordinary session. Democrats call the laws “illegal.”

The laws strip Governor Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul of certain powers. The lawsuit includes plaintiffs from each congressional district in Wisconsin.

“Not only did Republicans ignore the will of the people when they passed these laws, they also denied voters their core constitutional rights,” said Martha Laning, chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. “These eight plaintiffs voted for Democratic leadership because they wanted to see progressive reforms enacted. By rushing through legislation with the explicit intent of denying the implementation of Democratic ideas, they violated the U.S. Constitution’s promise of principled state government, freedom of speech, and equal protection under the law.”

“The Democratic Party of Wisconsin is taking legal action today because we refuse to allow these unconstitutional acts to stand. The will of the people is the law of the land, and it’s about time Republicans respected that,” added Laning.

27 News reached out to House Speaker Robin Vos, who is named in the lawsuit. A spokesperson tells us, “The Speaker’s Office hasn’t received the lawsuit and can’t comment directly on the case. But Speaker Vos is confident that the legislature will ultimately prevail in all of the legal challenges against the extraordinary session.”

For more go to WKOW: https://wkow.com/news/top-stories/2019/02/21/democrats-file-federal-lawsuit-against-gop-over-lame-duck-session/

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