Wis. union law still unenforceable

April 2, 2011 at 8:10 PM
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MADISON, Wis., April 2 (UPI) -- A judge's order barring Wisconsin from enforcing its new law restricting collective bargaining by public employees could remain in force for weeks.

At a hearing Friday, Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi asked lawyers for the state and Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne to submit briefs by May 23, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. She set no schedule for hearings.

Sumi's order could be reversed by a higher court.

Ozanne charges Republicans in the state Legislature violated the Open Public Meetings Act while passing the law. There have been other legal challenges to the law.

At Friday's hearing, witnesses testified they had not been able to get into a committee hearing on the final bill, which had been rewritten to allow a vote while 14 Democratic senators were in exile in Illinois.

Public employee unions have targeted a number of Republican senators for recall and are gathering signatures. They are also planning events for Monday, the anniversary of Martin Luther King's assassination, The (Madison) Capital Times reported.

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