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State legislators want to reduce time for constitutional law challenges


MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) - Legislation sponsored by the president of the Wisconsin Senate would require the state Supreme Court to take up constitutional challenges to state laws directly.

The bill by Senator Michael Ellis would remove lower courts from the process. The Republican from Neenah says this legislation would produce faster final decision and eliminate confusion about whether a law is actually in effect while it is being appealed – a process which can last for years.

The high court would have to issue a decision within 120 days. That could be extended by another 30 days if the justices reach out to a lower court or referee for a determination of the facts of a case, or damages.Ellis is looking for co-sponsors for his bill.