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Wisconsin Supreme Court blocks governor’s ‘Safer at Home’ extension

By Jim Hagerty

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Wednesday, blocked Gov. Tony Evers’ “Safer at Home” order and ruled that any extension must be approved by the state legislature.

The ruling was 4-3. The court ordered the initial order to remain in place for six more days. That means the Department of Health Services has less than a week to rewrite a new plan to reopen the state and send it to the capitol.

Evers first issued the Safer at Home order in March and extended it on April 16. It was set to expire May 26.

Attorney General Josh Kaul told Madison media that he hopes lawmakers find a balance between public health and economic growth when drafting a new plan.

“I hope the Legislature will work constructively with the executive branch to protect the health and well-being of Wisconsinites and to ensure that we have the resources in place that will allow for the reopening of the economy be as successfully as possible,” he said.

Read the Wisconsin Supreme Court order. 

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