Lawsuit seeks to block Evers' mask orders

The Brillion News

The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Libety (WILL) filed a motion in Polk County Circuit Court on Monday, September 30, seeking an immediate injunction to block Governor Tony Evers from issuing any more emergency declarations related to the COVID-19 pandemic.


The motion claims that Evers cannot extend an emergency without the consent of the legislature.

The motion will get a hearing on Monday, October 5, before St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge R. Michael Waterman.

If granted, the motion would quash Evers' emergency order of September 22 while a decision is sought on a permanent injunction.


WILL filed the motion on behalf of three citizens.

The suit said that Evers' extensions of the COVID-19 emergency, which he issued on July 30 and September 20, are illegal.

"Defendant Evers has used his emergency powers to issue emergency orders requiring all Wisconsinites to wear masks. Those emergency orders were based upon the emergency powers Defendant Evers has unlawfully taken for himself by unilaterally extending the state of emergency related to COVID-19," the motion filed on September 28 said.

The suit asks the court to block any enforcement of Evers' emergency orders.

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