Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Judge blocks Wisconsin anti-labor law

I half-expected this as there are still many good judges out there in America–too bad the Supreme Court of USA is loaded with Duds and Crooks–KAS

Breaking News: Judge blocks Wisconsin anti-labor law
By Eric Black | Published Fri, Mar 18 2011 11:51 am


Wisconsin Judge Maryann Sumi has blocked implementation of the just-passed-and-signed bill that made such significant changes in the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions.

The ruling is temporary and procedural. The law can’t take effect until after it is published by the secretary of state (a Democrat who has said he would use all the time available under the law).

Sumi (who also has a Dem background) is blocking the publication until she can rule on a challenge to the way the bill was passed (the issue in this challenge is not about the substance of the bill but the question of whether the Legislature violated the state Open Meetings law in passing the bill).

But in putting a hold on progress of the bill, Sumi did say that her early consideration of the lawsuit makes it likely that she will indeed rule that the open meeting law was violated, which would presumably mean that the Legislature would have to go back and try to pass the law again.

The attorney general’s office (the A.G. is a Repub) will appeal and the assistant a.g. handling the case says he expects to overturn the stay.



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