MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A judge in Madison ruled Tuesday that the governor’s new power to approve-or-deny administrative rules from state agencies is unconstitutional – at least when it comes to public education.
Majority Republicans in the Legislature passed a bill last May which gives the governor the power to approve-or-deny rules which are set by state agencies to carry out the various laws.
Governor Scott Walker had contended that agencies overreached their authority, and hurt business in the process – and that’s why he pushed for the review power.
But the state’s largest teachers’ union and its chapter in Madison filed a lawsuit last summer, saying the governor’s powers cannot apply to public education.
That’s because voters elect a state Superintendent to carry out those actions.
The unions said the law gives another state office more authority than the superintendent on educational matters – and on Tuesday, Dane County Circuit Judge Amy Smith agreed.
The governor’s office says it will appeal.