- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin Senate has approved a scaled-down bill that would allow attorneys to appeal rulings blocking state laws.

The Assembly passed a measure in June that would allow lawyers to nullify rulings that block statutes from taking effect if they file an appeal within 10 days. Republicans introduced the bill after Dane County judges struck down portions of Gov. Scott Walker’s collective bargaining restrictions and voided GOP photo identification requirements for voters.

The Legislature’s attorneys, however, say the bill might violate the separation of legislative and judicial powers.

Senate Republicans scaled the bill back to give lawyers the right to appeal rulings issued ahead of a final judgment. The rulings wouldn’t be nullified, however.

The Senate approved the changes 18-13. The measure now goes back to the Assembly.


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