Friday, March 25, 2011

Wisconsin LRB Publishes Collective Bargaining Law Against Judge and Sec State Order

The Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau published the bill stripping collective bargaining rights from most public workers today even though the legality of that action is in question. There's a current standing restraining order from Dane County Judge Sumi preventing the bill's publication, and the Secretary of State Doug La Follette ordered the LRB to not publish the bill after receiving the court order. I'm not sure who exactly controls the LRB, but it looks like the Walker administration will bend any rule or law they feel necessary to strip these rights from good hard-working people. We know that the bill won't save any money, so why must it be published when so much controversy still surrounds it?

The law is being sent to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. So, it's even more important that you vote for JoAnne Kloppenburg on Tuesday, April 5 if you support workers' rights.

Update: (6:58pm) It appears that the bill doesn't become law by the LRB publishing it on their website, though the Republicans would like you to think so. As far as I understand it, this changes nothing. Either way, it's odd that the LRB would publish the bill on their website against order from the Secretary of State.

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