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Hearing held on bill that would let governor challenge Guard deployments

Lawmakers of both parties have raised concerns about letting the governor challenge federal deployment orders for the Wisconsin National Guard.

The Assembly Military Affairs Committee held a public hearing Tuesday, March 9, on a bill from Madison Democrat Spencer Black.

It would allow the governor to go to court to challenge a federal call-up if he or she does not believe the move is authorized by Congress.

Wisconsin Rapids Democrat Marlin Schneider wonders why the governor should oversee something that's already examined closely at the federal level.

Marathon Republican Jerry Petrowski said the bill could delay needed back-ups for troops in the field.

Eagle River Republican Dan Meyer questioned the motivation for the measure.

It was introduced last year, at a time when over 30 states considered following the lead of Vermont - which saw it as a back-door way to bring troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Black has denied that motivation. He said he just wanted to make sure things are done legally.