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Court to hear arguments in fight over school chief's powers

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in a lawsuit challenging the state schools superintendent's authority to craft regulations independently.

Republicans have been trying to limit the superintendent's powers for years. The GOP passed a law in 2011 that requires state agencies to get the governor's permission before writing regulations. The Supreme Court ruled in 2016 that the law didn't apply to the superintendent.

Republicans passed new laws in 2017 requiring agencies to get permission from the governor and the Department of Administration to write regulations. The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, a conservative law firm, has asked the Supreme Court to declare that the new requirements apply to the superintendent.

Oral arguments in the case begin Wednesday.

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