MADISON, Wis. – Yesterday, the United States District Court for the District of Alaska granted the motion to dismiss the constitutional challenge to the Congressional Review Act in Center for Biological Diversity v. Ryan Zinke and Department of the Interior, which Attorney General Brad Schimel and 14 other state attorneys general asked in a friend-of-the-court brief filed in the case last year. The brief, which defended the constitutionality of the Congressional Review Act, was co-led by Attorney General Schimel and Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr.
“I’m pleased to have a federal district court agree with our position that the Congressional Review Act is clearly a lawful procedure that allows states to work with Congress to stop unlawful and burdensome regulations,” said Attorney General Schimel. “Preserving this important procedural tool is crucial to undoing the harm federal rules can cause.”
State attorneys general from Georgia, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah joined Wisconsin in filing the amicus brief.