Republicans lawmakers in Wisconson are attempting to block the state’s coronavirus lockdown.
The state legislature filed a lawsuit in State Supreme Court Tuesday seeking a temporary injunction against Democratic Governor Tony Evers’s stay-at-home order to contain the coronavirus outbreak.
“There’s immense frustration regarding the extension, as it goes beyond the executive branch’s statutory powers,” State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate majority leader Scott Fitzgerald, both Republicans, said in a joint statement.
“Wisconsinites are forced to sit by with no voice in the process,” the statement continued.
Wisconson’s order was extended until May 26 by the state department of health services secretary under the direction of the governor last week.
The filing comes as states grapple with increasingly politicized decisions around re-opening the country, with President Trump, eager to restart the economy, pressuring governor’s to “liberate” their constituents against the advice of his own health experts.
There have been 4,600 cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin along with 242 related deaths, state officials reported on Tuesday.
The filing comes a day after health officials announced that at least seven of Wisconsin’s coronavirus cases could have stemmed from the in-person Democratic primary election held earlier this April, which Republicans fought to carry out against the wishes of Evers.
Vos and Fitzgerald in their statement claimed the state’s executive orders “denied the people a voice” — though Trump frequently uses executive orders to set new policies at the federal level.
In the lawsuit, the Republicans claim the department’s secretary-designee, Andrea Palm “has laid claim to a suite of czar-like powers” by issuing the extension.
“The governor has denied the people a voice through this unprecedented administrative overreach,” the pair sad. “Unfortunately, that leaves the legislature no choice but to ask the Supreme Court to rein in this obvious abuse of power.”