Republican legislative leadership have filed a petition for original action in the Wisconsin Supreme Court, seeking to enforce sections of the 2018 extraordinary legislation that require legislative oversight of attorney general settlements.
The Legislature’s petition and memo in support state that Attorney General Josh Kaul reads the 2017 Act 369 settlement review provisions as not applicable to settlements involving pre-lawsuit negotiations and decisions not to file timely notices of appeal, unless the decisions result from settlement agreements. The petition asks the Supreme Court to determine whether, under Act 369, the attorney general must get approval from the Joint Finance Committee and deposit any settlement funds into the general fund for these types of cases.
The lawsuit comes after the Supreme Court affirmed in League of Women Voters v. Evers the constitutionality of the legislature meeting in extraordinary session to pass the legislation in December 2018. Another pending case at the Supreme Court, SEIU v. Vos, will decide whether the legislation itself is constitutional. In June, the Supreme Court reinstated the laws after a Dane County Circuit Court had issued a temporary injunction.