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State Senate approves making it harder for new laws to be suspended during appeal

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The Wisconsin Senate voted 18-13 Tuesday to make it harder -- but not impossible -- for new state laws to be suspended while they're being appealed to higher courts.

Milwaukee Democrat Lena Taylor joined all Republicans who were present in voting yes.

Under the measure, all judicial orders which block state laws can be quickly appealed -- and the laws won't take effect until a higher court rules otherwise.

Constitutional concerns were raised about the bill the Assembly passed last summer, which would have automatically kept new laws in place while they're appealed to higher courts. Republicans proposed the change because they were tired of seeing their laws blocked for months and years in the courts.

The GOP's 2011 requirement to show a photo ID for voting was used only once, in February of 2012, before it was struck down in a series of lawsuits which are still going through the appeals' process.

After the vote, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and the bill's original author both said they would agree to the changes.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)