A Wisconsin appeals court has sided with Republicans and reinstated laws passed during a lame-duck legislative session that weaken powers of the Democratic governor and attorney general.

The 3rd District Court of Appeals on Wednesday put on hold a ruling made last week striking down the laws as unconstitutional.

The appeals court decision means that while the legal fight continues, some lame-duck laws will remain in place. A Dane County judge on Tuesday invalidated some sections of the statutes. His ruling still stands.

Governor Tony Evers answered reporters questions at the State Capitol Thursday, March 21, 2019 after a Dane County judge has blocked the lame duck laws that Republicans passed in December to limit the power of the governor and attorney general. (Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)
Governor Tony Evers answered reporters questions at the State Capitol Thursday, March 21, 2019 after a Dane County judge has blocked the lame duck laws that Republicans passed in December to limit the power of the governor and attorney general. (Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers took some actions while the ruling was in effect and the laws were not enforceable.

Evers rescinded 82 appointments made by Republicans during the lame-duck session. And Attorney General Josh Kaul moved to withdraw Wisconsin from a multistate lawsuit challenging the federal health care law.

Governor Tony Evers arrives to a ceremony that honored 13 individuals, businesses, and organizations as recipients of the 2018 Governor's Financial Literacy Award in a ceremony at the State Capitol Thursday, March 21, 2019. (Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)
Governor Tony Evers arrives to a ceremony that honored 13 individuals, businesses, and organizations as recipients of the 2018 Governor’s Financial Literacy Award in a ceremony at the State Capitol Thursday, March 21, 2019. (Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

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