St. Croix County judge overseeing hearing in lawsuit to invalidate Wisconsin's statewide mask mandate asks whether the relief sought -- ending the health emergency -- is a violation of separation of powers because the Legislature holds the power to end the health emergency.
The lawsuit is filed in Polk County, but both judges in that country recused from the case.
WILL attorney argues a state government requiring residents to wear face masks is invasive, says plaintiffs are aggrieved of the invasion of their liberty.
Republican lawmakers who filed a brief in support of this lawsuit said today this lawsuit is not about masks but attorney representing plaintiffs who filed the lawsuit say here the mask requirement is at play.
Judge asks attorney for @GovEvers whether issuing several health emergency orders undercut state law that puts a 60-day time limit on a governor's health emergency without legislative approval.
@GovEvers Attorney for Evers compares situation to emergency orders issued for different flooding events from the same river.
@GovEvers Judge asks what, if anything, he should take from the Legislature's inaction on ending the mask mandate

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"This fundamentally stems from the ruling in mid May that restricted many of the tools that we have to mitigate this disease," Palm says.
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"That sends a message of what we're trying to accomplish is baloney. It's not baloney," he says.
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"We are nine months into this pandemic and right now it's not slowing down. It's picking up speed. We've got to put the brakes on this pandemic."
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BREAKING: New state audit shows 93% of the 41.1 million calls to DWD unemployment call centers between March and June were blocked, or received busy signals.

Not even 1% of the calls were answered.

6.2% of calls were abandoned by callers.
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DWD submitted a response to the audit dated Monday.
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