Racine health officer flaunts Supreme Court order

Posted at 2 p.m. on Monday, November 30, 2020

The Brillion News

MADISON - An emergency motion was filed with the Supreme Court of Wisconsin by the conservative law firm WILL (Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty) after the City of Racine's health officer ignored a supreme court injunction and ordered all schools in the city closed.

The high court issued the injunction to Racine health administrator Dottie-Kay Bowersox on November 25.


It suspended her school closure order, but she ordered the schools to close today anyway.

"Wisconsin Supreme Court orders are neither optional or advisory," WILL President/CEO Rick Esenberg said. "We expect the City of Racine to immediately allow schools to open or face sanctions from the Court."


Those sanctions could be fines of $2,000 per day, plus damages to affected school and parents.

WILL said the Racine public health office issued a new order identical to the one suspended by the state's highest court. It says there can be no in-person school in the city until January 16, 2021.

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