– An appeals court in Wisconsin on Monday issued an immediate stay of the state’s fishing license, saying the law violates the U.S. Constitution.
The ruling by the 2nd U.C.C., a federal appeals court, was expected but was not expected to have much impact on the state.
“It is our expectation that the stay will be stayed,” said attorney Michael DeWitt.
The decision came after a three-judge panel of the 2d U.R. Circuit Court of Appeals in Madison, Wis., upheld a lower court’s decision last month that Wisconsin’s fishing licenses do not comply with the federal government’s National Environmental Policy Act.
Wisconsin has issued nearly 2,000 fishing licenses in the past decade, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and has had more than 50 license renewals in recent years.
A federal appeals judge in Washington, D.
C, also ruled that the state was not allowed to issue fishing licenses under the National Environmental Protection Act, or the Clean Water Act, because the licenses are not “necessary for any legitimate purpose.”
DeWit said the appeals court’s ruling would affect Wisconsin’s license renewal process, including whether Wisconsin can keep issuing licenses until the next federal deadline, May 6.
The Wisconsin Legislature last year passed a bill, S.B. 1710, which allows fishing licenses to be issued for a minimum of two years and then expire.
The law was intended to allow people who fish in Wisconsin to continue to fish, though it requires a permit from the state and is often difficult to obtain.
A spokesman for the Wisconsin DNR did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
The 2d Circuit’s decision on Monday is the latest blow for the state of Wisconsin to be sued by the Obama administration over its fishing ban, which it says violates the Clean Air Act.
A group of Wisconsin landowners and a local environmental group sued the state in September, alleging the ban violates the Constitution and the U