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State Supreme Court to issue major rulings in July

The entrance to the Wisconsin Supreme Court inside the state Capitol is seen, Sept. 15, 2011. (courtesy of FOX 11).
The entrance to the Wisconsin Supreme Court inside the state Capitol is seen, Sept. 15, 2011. (courtesy of FOX 11).

MADISON, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News) July will feature some big decisions from Wisconsin's highest court on issues like showing photo I-D's to vote, and restoring at least some public union bargaining.

The State Supreme Court is about to rule on several major cases, including whether the Republicans' voter I-D mandate from 2011 is constitutional. A federal judge says it's not, and the state will need to win its appeals on both the state-and-federal levels before the law can be brought back.

The state justices must also rule on whether the G-O-P's Act-10 public union bargaining limits apply to municipal, county, and school district employees. State employees will have to follow Act-10 regardless.

The Supreme Court will also decide whether same-sex couples will lose the domestic partner registry created by Democrats in 2009. It gives those couples about 40 percent of the legal benefits that married couples get, including end-of-life decisions.

The justices will also decide whether it's legal for U-W campuses to ban people from their properties. That was after the university ordered student fee protester Jeffrey Decker to stay off all 26 U-W campuses. The Supreme Court normally saves its bombshell decisions for last.

As of late May Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson said the justices still needed to discuss three-fourths of the cases still facing them. They imposed time limits on their deliberations so they can get everything done.