Wisconsin Supreme Court strikes down governor’s mask mandate

Wisconsin Supreme Court strikes down governor’s mask mandate
(Source: WAFB)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin Supreme Court has struck down Gov. Tony Evers’ statewide mask mandate, ruling that the Democratic governor exceeded his authority by unilaterally extending the mandate for months through multiple emergency orders.

The 4-3 ruling Wednesday by the conservative-controlled court is the latest legal blow to attempts by Evers to control the coronavirus. It comes after Republicans in the Legislature voted to repeal the mask mandate, only to see Evers quickly re-issue it.

The court ruled that any public health emergency issued by Evers is valid for just 60 days and can’t be extended without approval of the Legislature.

Evers says he used science to guide his decisions. He promises to keep working to get people vaccinated and urges people to continue to wear masks.