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Senate to vote on watered-down bill to keep laws in place on appeal

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The Wisconsin Senate is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a watered-down bill to keep new state laws in place while they're being challenged in higher courts.

Last June, the Assembly approved a Republican measure to keep new state laws in effect until any legal challenges to those laws are exhausted.  

Right now, laws are suspended while they're being appealed -- and the GOP was upset that measures like the voter ID law have been held up for so long while court challenges drag on.

Concerns were raised about whether the Assembly bill violated the constitutional separation of powers between the legislative and judicial branches. So a compromise measure was drafted, in which laws are suspended only with a prompt appeal.

The Senate will take up that measure, and the Assembly would have to ratify it before it comes law. The photo ID law was passed in 2011, but it's only been used once since then due to several lawsuits still going through both the state and federal court systems.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)