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Bill would require state law challenges to be heard by Supreme Court


MADISON (WRN)  The Republican president of the Wisconsin Senate wants to speed up legal challenges to new laws. 

Senator Mike Ellis of Neenah is asking for co-sponsors on a bill that would force the Supreme Court to directly consider all lawsuits filed against state laws - and to decide on them within 150 days. Ellis says his measure would streamline the legal process, by taking lower court challenges off the table. It comes after two years of legal battles over the law which virtually banned most public union bargaining. And the Republican photo I-D requirement for voters is still tied up in a pair of state appeals courts

Conservatives control all three branches of state government at the moment - but the Supreme Court’s 4-to-3 conservative majority faces a referendum in the spring elections.