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GOP tells 15 appointees to go back to work

Posted: 1:30 PM, Mar 29, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-29 14:30:31-04
Wisconsin state capitol

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the legal fight over whether the Wisconsin state Senate legally confirmed 82 of former Gov. Scott Walker’s appointments during a lame-duck session (all times local):

12:30 p.m.

The state Senate’s top Republican is telling 15 GOP appointees whom Democratic Gov. Tony Evers fired to go back to work.

Senate Republicans confirmed 82 appointees during a December lame-duck session. A Dane County judge ruled last week that the session was illegal and Evers rescinded the appointments. An appeals court on Wednesday stayed the judge’s ruling, creating confusion about the appointees have their jobs back.

Evers gave 67 of the appointees their positions back Thursday but 15 higher-profile appointees remain out of work. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald sent a letter to the appointees Friday saying the Legislature believes they still hold their positions given the stay and they can continue to serve.

One of the appointees, former Public Service Commission member Ellen Nowak, tried to go back to work Thursday but security guards wouldn’t let her in the building.