Wis. GOP wants high court to take law challenges

Published On: Feb 15 2013 12:52:39 PM CST
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -

The president of the state Senate is trying to gather support for a bill that would require the Wisconsin Supreme Court to take any lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of state statutes directly and decide the matter within 150 days.

Sen. Michael Ellis, a Neenah Republican, sent an email to all legislators on Thursday asking for co-sponsors.

The bill comes after a multiple parties filed lawsuits challenging Republican Gov. Scott Walker's contentious law stripping most public workers of nearly all their union rights and a GOP-authored law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.

Ellis writes in his email the bill would streamline the process.

A conservative four-justice majority currently controls the Supreme Court.