Wisconsin Judge Makes 'Crystal Clear' Order to Block Union Law

on March 29 2011 10:06 PM
Wisconsin State Governor Scott Walker
Wisconsin State Governor Scott Walker signs the ceremonial bill, following an elimination of almost all collective bargaining for most public workers by the Republican controlled House and Senate, at the state Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin March 11, 2011. REUTERS

A Wisconsin judge ordered state lawmakers on Tuesday to temporarily stop implementation about a controversial law that would restrict public employee bargaining rights.

Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi said lawmakers had apparently misunderstood or ignored an earlier order.

Apparently that language was either misunderstood or ignored, but what I said was further implementation of (the law) was enjoined, she said during a hearing, according to the Associated Press. That is what I now want to make crystal clear.

The judge put the state's law on hold while  she considers a broader challenge to its legality.

Madison District Attorney Ismael Ozanne has filed a lawsuit alleging Republican lawmakers violated a Wisconsin law requiring open meetings during debate on a proposal.

Gov. Scott Walker signed the contentious bill on March 11, after weeks of legislative stalemate, when lawmakers found a way to pass the law without the presence of a quorum of lawmakers needed under normal circumstances.

Sumi is expected to hear additional arguments about the law's legality on Friday.

The legality of the law may ultimately be determined by the State's Supreme Court.

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