Judge issues temporary restraining order against Wisconsin’s new law curbing collective bargaining rights
A judge in Wisconsin has applied a temporary restraining order against the state’s new, now infamous law that curbs collective bargaining rights for public employees, according to the Associated Press.
Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi issued the order, which was requested by that county’s District Attorney Ismael Ozanne, a Democrat. Ozanne filed a lawsuit contending that a legislative committee that broke a stalemate that had kept the law in limbo for weeks met without the 24-hour notice required by Wisconsin’s open meetings law. The Republican-controlled Legislature passed the measure and Walker signed it last week.
Secretary of State Doug La Follette planned to publish the law on March 25, but the judge’s order will prevent that from happening, at least for now.
Assistant Attorney General Steven Means said the state will appeal the ruling, but he didn’t say when. [Republican Gov. Scott] Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie said in a statement that the governor was confident the bill would become law in the near future.
“This legislation is still working through the legal process,” Werwie said.
A spokesman for Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald declined to comment, citing the ongoing legal fight.