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Wisconsin Judge Blocks Anti-Union Law Until Further Review

March 18, 2011
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Republican lawmakers used some pretty “fancy” maneuvering to get their anti-union bill pushed through to a vote, namely by not telling anyone but their preferred voters that voting had started and ended.  This sneaky bit of manipulation has been enough for a Wisconsin judge to stay the passage of the law, because proper “public notice” was not given.

While some of the judges opponents will be quick to call her an “activist,” for reviewing the legal implications of failing to comply with Wisconsin’s laws regarding “open policy,” which essentially outlaws a secret vote:

The order was issued by Judge Maryann Sumi after the state’s Democratic District Attorney Ismael Ozanne filed a lawsuit saying the Republicans who passed the law broke Wisconsin’s open meetings law. (Good video on this link too.)

“It seems to me the public policy behind effective enforcement of the open meeting law is so strong that it does outweigh the interest, at least at this time, which may exist in favor of sustaining the validity of the (law),” wrote the judge.

For those of us for whom reason has prevailed, one wonders why in their push to enact such a controversial law, Republicans wouldn’t have simply followed existing legal guidelines for voting and enacting their own laws.  One also wonders about the capability of such lawmakers failing to follow legal protocol for their own votes setting laws for the rest of the state.  If they can’t follow their own laws for voting in their own pet policies, how legally sound are their recent attempts?

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