Wisconsin elected officials are once again asking the State Supreme Court to resolve their disagreement. Republican legislators have filed a lawsuit asking to enjoin the state's safer-at-home order.
Gov. Tony Evers’ office says safer at home is working. WisconsinRepublicans believe the order is overreaching and want the Wisconsin Supreme Court to overrule the executive order will keep ‘non-essential’ businesses closed until May 26.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has reported 8,236 confirmed cases of the virus, over 80,000 negative test results and a total of 340 deaths from the coronavirus.
Burnett County is one of only five counties in Wisconsin with no lab confirmed cases of COVID-19. The county has had over 100 people tested and all have come back negative.
Evers called the lawsuit against the safer-at-home order “silly” and said the order is working.
“Safer at Home is working. It is saving lives,” Evers said.
GOP legislators called the order an unprecedented administrative overreach.
“The public outcry over the Safer at Home order continues to increase as positive COVID cases decrease or remain flat,” said Speaker Ron Vos of Rochester and Senate Majority Lead Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau in a statement.
This is a similar court battle that Wisconsin went through during the spring election. The day before the election Evers signed an executive order postponing the election.
That case made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court who ruled in favor of the GOP and allowed in-person voting to continue on April 7. Since then the Associated Press has reported that 52 people who voted in person or worked the polls during the spring election have tested positive for COVID-19.
Palm said that it is unclear when these people picked up the virus. She stated in a daily briefing that they could have contracted the virus at any point during their day.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the subject Tuesday morning.