Court says Evers had power to void lame-duck session appointments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - MADISON, Wis. (AP) - 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.

Republicans refused to act on confirming Gov. Evers' Cabinet picks while the legal fight continues over whether he has the right to rescind appointments made during a lame-duck legislative session.

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 says Public Service Commissioner Ellen Nowak was given the "bum's rush" when she wasn't allowed to return to work.

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