The Wisconsin Supreme Court threw out the Gov. Tony Evers administration’s Safer At Home order Wednesday saying his health services secretary-designee Andrea Palm overstepped her authority in extending a statewide shutdown until May 26.
Republicans and some business groups opposed Palm and Evers implementing the Safer At Home extension to May 26 from Evers’ original shutdown expiration order that expired April 24. But the court’s 4-3 ruling Wednesday doesn’t mean an instant reopening of the state’s economy, schools and large events.
The court sent the issue back to the Wisconsin Legislature and the state Department of Health Services with its Evers-appointed secretary Palm to establish new rules for such emergency declarations.
Under the Court’s ruling, the state’s Safer at Home restrictions are no longer in place. Without the state order or new rule in place, responsibility will fall to municipal governments to decide what, if any, restrictions they want to impose in their own communities, said Steve Baas, the top lobbyist for the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce.