The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled 4-3 today that Governor Tony Evers exceeded his authority in issuing multiple public health emergencies - including mask mandates - over the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Below you will find statements and press releases regarding the decision as they are submitted to DrydenWire.
(3:22p) - Speaker Vos Statement on Wisconsin Supreme Court Ruling
Madison…Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) issued the following statement on the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s ruling on the governor’s emergency orders.
“The Wisconsin Supreme Court confirmed what we already knew. Governor Evers exceeded his authority by issuing multiple emergency orders without consulting the legislature.
“People and businesses are free to make decisions based on what’s best for them and don’t need state government telling them how to live their lives.”
(11:17a) - Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu Statement on Supreme Court Decision
Madison -- Today, the Supreme Court of Wisconsin handed down a 4-3 decision in the case Fabick v. Evers which ends Governor Tony Evers’ illegal executive orders. Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg) released the following statement:
“I applaud the Court for ending this constitutional crisis in our state. Their ruling upholds the separation of powers and the rule of law – core principles since the founding of our state and nation. The Governor’s repeated abuse of emergency powers and pervasive violation of state statute created a state of chaos and had to be stopped. The Legislature exercised its authority to revoke Governor Evers’ order in February, and today the Court handed down the final rebuke of the Governor’s illegal actions.
“Today’s ruling vindicates the Legislature as a co-equal branch of government and will expand freedom and opportunity for the people of Wisconsin. As we work to fully and safely reopen our state, we trust our residents to follow CDC guidelines when appropriate, get vaccinated when ready, and always employ common sense.”
(10:17a) - Gov. Evers Releases Statement Regarding Supreme Court Decision
MADISON -- Gov. Tony Evers today released the following statement regarding the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s decision striking down the governor’s face covering order effective immediately:
“Since the beginning of this pandemic, I’ve worked to keep Wisconsinites healthy and safe, and I’ve trusted the science and public health experts to guide our decision making. Our fight against COVID-19 isn’t over—while we work to get folks vaccinated as quickly as we can, we know wearing a mask saves lives, and we still need Wisconsinites to mask up so we can beat this virus and bounce back from this pandemic.”