On a four to three vote, the court ruled that Gov. Doyle overstepped his authority when he signed the latest gaming compact with the Forest County Potawatomi.
Republican lawmakers filed the lawsuit unhappy over the deal, which Doyle signed last February. It lifted betting limits and expanded gaming and casino hours and it had no expiration date.
The lawmakers said the deal left them out of the policy, making and that's what the Supreme Court thought as well. Their decision likely sets the stage for a lengthy legal battle over gaming compacts signed by 11 tribes. At the same time, there are questions about the more than $200 million worth of revenue the tribes were slated to pay the state as part of the gaming deals.
The Governor says he expects the Potawatomi Tribe will appeal the ruling, but they haven't yet decided.