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The Latest: Court says Evers had power to void appointments

April 9, 2019
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers discusses the painting "Wishes in the Wind" that former Gov. Scott Walker had removed but that Evers had re-installed in the governor's mansion, Friday, April 5, 2019, in Maple Bluff, Wis. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin lame-duck legal fight (all times local):

4:10 p.m.

A Wisconsin appeals court has ruled Democratic Gov. Tony Evers had the authority to withdraw appointments that had been approved during a lame-duck legislative session.

The state’s 3rd District Court of Appeals on Tuesday said his action was not invalidated by a later court ruling that put on hold a decision that allowed him to rescind the appointments.

Evers voided 82 appointments made during the lame-duck session and later reinstated 67 of them. Fifteen positions, including a spot on the Public Service Commission and University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, were not reinstated.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says the decision will be immediately appealed to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

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12:18 p.m.

Republicans are not acting on confirming Gov. Tony Evers Cabinet picks while a legal fight continues over whether he has the right to rescind appointments made during a lame-duck legislative session.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald on Tuesday said there was “some truth” to claims by Democratic Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling that the GOP was “slow walking” the Evers appointments.

Fitzgerald tells reporters that Republican lawmakers are upset with Evers for revoking the appointments made during the lame-duck session in December. Those who lost their jobs include a member of the Public Service Commission and two members of the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents.

Fitzgerald says Public Service Commissioner Ellen Nowak was given the “bum’s rush” when she wasn’t allowed to return to work.