Friday, March 25, 2011

Wisconsin Collective Bargaining Law Goes Into Effect Despite Court Order

Curiouser and curiouser...

After a Democrat judge put a restraining order on the Wisconsin collective bargaining law passed by the State legislature that prohibiting it from being published as per state law, it looked like a court battle was upcoming.

But in an interesting twist, the legislation was published Friday to the Legislature's website with a footnote that acknowledges the restraining order by a Dane County judge. But the posting says state law "requires the Legislative Reference Bureau to publish every act within 10 working days after its date of enactment."

The Legislative Reference Bureau was not named in Judge Sumi's restraining order!

Walker's top cabinet official, Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch, gave only a brief statement:

"Today the administration was notified that the LRB published the budget-repair bill as required by law," he said. "The administration will carry out the law as required."

Bill Cosh, a spokesman for Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, said in a statement that no action is needed for the reference bureau to publish the law, and noted that Democratic Secretary of State Doug La Follette is not in violation of the restraining order ( which was actually issued against him) because he didn't direct the reference bureau to publish the bill.

"The Wisconsin Department of Justice will evaluate how the lawful publication of Act 10 affects pending litigation. We have no further comment at this time," Cosh said.

Needless top say, the Democrats and the public employee unions are going absolutely bananas over this.

It will certainly be interesting to see where this goes...and I predict the Obama Department of Justice will likely try to intervene to attempt to kill the law.

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