The state Supreme Court could jump ahead of appellate courts and hear potential legal appeals related to a multibillion-dollar flat-screen plant planned for southeastern Wisconsin, under action by a legislative panel Tuesday.

On party line 12-4 votes, Republicans on the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee amended and then approved the more than $3 billion incentive bill for Foxconn Technology Group Tuesday as part of a marathon week of action on the subsidy legislation and the separate state budget.

Environmental groups have said in recent weeks that they would consider suing over the Foxconn legislation, which already exempts the Taiwanese company from certain state rules to protect wetlands and the environment.  Read the full story here.