Saturday, March 19, 2011

Some County Judge in Wisconsin Halts Collective Bargaining Law

Ostensibly, because the legislative committee violated the state’s open meetings law.

From the Journal Sentinel:
"The judge’s finding – at least for now – is a setback to Republican Gov. Scott Walker and a victory for opponents, who have spent weeks in the Capitol to protest the bill.

Asst. Atty. Gen Steven Means, who was part of the state's legal team, said after the ruling that "we disagree with it."

"And the reason they have appellate courts is because circuit court judges make errors and they have in this case." Means said the state would "entertain an appeal."

"If the Legislature decides to go back and re-act on these provisions, they have the right to do that. And we will see what happens," he said.
Uh, ok. But if the legislature re-acts to re-pass the law, will the fleebaggers re-flee?

Just wondering.

WJ at LI unpacks this dubious ruling in his usual concise manner.
"It is hard to see how there is a likelihood of success on the merits, particularly if the Judge found no clear violation of any law or Senate Rule, but merely some vague conception of "public policy."  The Senate clerk already has stated that the procedures used complied with the Senate Rules, and Courts normally to not interfere in a legislative branch's interpretation of its own rules.

And let's keep in mind, that no amount of notice would have made a difference, because every single Democratic Senator had fled to Illinois and was refusing to attend any votes."
But in the wake of this dubious ruling, will the Neo-Bolsheviks make things more ugly?
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