Wisconsin Gov. On Friday, Tony Evers (D) removed 82 appointments made by his predecessor, Gov. Scott Walker (R), during last year's lame-duck legislative meeting.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Evers's decision has come just one day after the Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess invalidated the confirmation of Walker's appointments during a December night.
Niess said on Thursday that he was void of all appointments and legislation adopted in the December session, saying that lawmakers called the meeting in a way that violated the state's constitution, according to the news agency.
"These seats are now considered vacant, but we are obliged to work as quickly as possible to fill them in and minimize the disruption of the important work done by these boards, committees and councils," says Evers spokeswoman Melissa Baldauff in a statement by Journal Sentinel.
The Republican led state senate will not be able to confirm Walker's appointments after the decision.
"We certainly believe that these nominees were nominated and confirmed legally and will continue with to serve in these positions when the constitutional holding of the extraordinary session [legislative] is maintained. "The Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R) said in a statement calling the move" irresponsible. "
Evers, according to the paper, uses the judge's decision to counter Walker's attempt to limit his strength by taking a stand.
Lame-duck laws were sent after Evers and State Attorney J osh Kaul (D) was elected, but before they joined, their power was severely limited.
Thursday, Evers announced that Wisconsin would no longer be part of a majority case seeking the cancellation of the Affordable Care Act. The two had been prevented from coming out of the trial because of a lame-duck measure.