WI Union-Busting Bill Published Despite Restraining Order

Further proof that Scott Walker and his GOP cronies do not care about the law:

In a stunning twist, Gov. Scott Walker's legislation limiting collective bargaining for public workers was published Friday despite a judge's hold on the measure, prompting a dispute over whether it takes effect Saturday.

The measure was published 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."

This means the bill will become law on Saturday, as all published items from the State Legislature go into effect a day after they are published. Still, there is some dispute as to whether its publication was even legal, much less binding. The JS Online:

"I think this is a ministerial act that forwards it to the secretary of state," said Stephen Miller, director of the Legislative Reference Bureau. "I don't think this act makes it become effective. My understanding is that the secretary of state has to publish it in the (official state) newspaper for it to become effective."

Walker signed the bill March 11. Under state law, it must be published within 10 working days, which was Friday.

It hasn't been printed in the Wisconsin State Journal, the official state newspaper, as other laws are. Late Friday, State Journal publisher Bill Johnston said in an e-mail that the notice for the law had been scheduled to run but had been canceled. He did not elaborate.

Three new lawsuits against the bill have been filed, including those by Madison firefighters and public employees, noting the bill's passage violated the state constitution and treats some union workers unfairly. All are pending.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at March 26, 2011, 5:35am

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