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Judge blocks contentious Wisconsin union law

Published: Fri, March 18, 2011 @ 1:54 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin judge issued a temporary restraining order this afternoon blocking the state’s new and contentious collective bargaining law from taking effect, raising the possibility that the Legislature may have to vote again to pass the bill.

Lawmakers had passed Gov. Scott Walker’s measure last week, breaking a three-week stalemate caused by 14 Senate Democrats fleeing to Illinois. Demonstrations against the measure grew as large as 85,000 people.

Dane County District Judge Maryann Sumi granted the order in response to a lawsuit filed by the local Democratic district attorney alleging that Republican lawmakers violated the state’s open meetings law by hastily convening a special committee before the Senate passed the bill.

Sumi said her ruling would not prevent the Legislature from reconvening the committee with proper notice and passing the bill again.


1Rockabilly(93 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Great news.

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2Chief178(61 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Unions have no place in Government, just ask the air traffic controllers from President Regan’s term. Teachers only work 9 months out of the year all Federal holidays off and then some and want a full retirement as they worked 40 hours a week for 30 years.

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3piak(508 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

The Democratic legislators ran away to hide in Illinois. They were asked repeatedly to come back and participate in the legislative process.

Now some "I'll legislate" from the bench judge overturns this? Who the hell won this election in the first place??????

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