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GOP Senate President wants faster decisions for legal challenges to state laws


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The Republican president of the Wisconsin Senate wants to speed up legal challenges to the laws that he and his colleagues pass.

Mike Ellis of Neenah is asking fellow legislators to co-sponsor a bill that would force the Supreme Court to directly consider all lawsuits filed against state laws – and to decide on them within 150 days.

Ellis says his measure would streamline the legal process. It comes after two years of legal battles over the law which virtually banned most public union bargaining. Also, the Republican photo ID requirement for voters is still tied up in a pair of state appeals courts – and it’s been a year since voters were forced to show their ID’s at the polls.

Conservatives control all three branches of state government at the moment – but the Supreme Court’s 4 to 3 conservative majority faces a referendum in the spring elections.

Conservative Justice Pat Roggensack is challenged by a self-avowed liberal Vince Megna, and law professor Ed Fallone who’s received lots of support from Democrats. Those three will run for two finalist spots in a primary on Tuesday.