Wisconsin Anti-Labor Law Struck Down in State Court, Crushing Blow to Legislative Procedural Anomoly Something or Other
Yay! Yaaaaaayyy!!! Remember that anti-labor bill that the Koch Brothers (via Gov. Walker and state congressional Republicans) pushed through the state legislature despite practically everybody ( except the Koch Brothers, Gov. Walker and state congressional Republicans) hating it a few months back?
Well, it was just struck down in state court, which means that Wisconsin state workers will no longer have to fear their rights being taken away from them (for at least a few weeks or so)…
Dane County (Madison) Judge Maryann Sumi — who had previously blocked Wisconsin's controversial anti-union law from taking effect, pending litigation — has now formally ruled that the manner in which the bill was passed violated the state's Open Meetings law, and that the law itself is therefore not valid…
The matter revolves around a key conference committee used to advance the bill — and to get around the state Senate Dems' walkout from the state — and whether it violated the state's Open-Meetings law by failing to give proper 24-hours notice. Therefore, it is ruling on procedural grounds, rather than on the substance of the bill itself.
Thus, Republicans have always had an option if they wished to avoid this litigation: Pass the bill again, giving full notice of all relevant hearings and legislative procedures. They have resisted that avenue, believing that to do so would be an admission of guilt on the Open Meetings law when they really concede no such thing. But in recent weeks, they have begun to talk up this very possibility as court action dragged on.
So, there you have it. Justice wins out for once. Or, for a little while, at any rate. Until they pass it again.
Power to the people (for now)!
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Tags: Charles Koch, David Koch, Judiciary, Republicans, Scott Walker, State Legislature, Unions, Wisconsin, Work/office