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State Supreme Court to issue major rulings in July

MADISON, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News) July will feature some big decisions from Wisconsin's highest court on issues like showing photo I-D's to vote, and restoring at least some public union bargaining.

The State Supreme Court is about to rule on several major cases, including whether the Republicans' voter I-D mandate from 2011 is constitutional. A federal judge says it's not, and the state will need to win its appeals on both the state-and-federal levels before the law can be brought back.

The state justices must also rule on whether the G-O-P's Act-10 public union bargaining limits apply to municipal, county, and school district employees. State employees will have to follow Act-10 regardless.

The Supreme Court will also decide whether same-sex couples will lose the domestic partner registry created by Democrats in 2009. It gives those couples about 40 percent of the legal benefits that married couples get, including end-of-life decisions.

The justices will also decide whether it's legal for U-W campuses to ban people from their properties. That was after the university ordered student fee protester Jeffrey Decker to stay off all 26 U-W campuses. The Supreme Court normally saves its bombshell decisions for last.

As of late May Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson said the justices still needed to discuss three-fourths of the cases still facing them. They imposed time limits on their deliberations so they can get everything done.