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Judge refuses to halt collective bargaining law


MADISON (WKOW) -- A Dane County judge refused to temporarily stop a controversial collective bargaining law, but agreed to revisit the possibility of halting it.

Dane County officials petitioned the court Friday, arguing the law should be stopped on several grounds, including a constitutional one, claiming the bill required the presence of 20 senators in order to be passed as legislation dealing with a fiscal matter. Republican leaders have said the bill was not fiscal in nature and only needed a majority of senators present.   The legislation restricting public employee collective bargaining passed 18-1, with all 14 of the senate's democrat missing the vote.

Governor Walker signed the bill into law Friday. The law's effect does not take place until it is published by the Secretary of State, and that has not happened.

"The governor has asked us to publish it on Monday,"   Secretary of State Doug La Follette told WKOW27 News.

"I have not made that decision yet, although I'm reluctant to do it because of possible legal action that is being contemplated and being filed."  

La Follette, a democrat who's served as secretary of state for nearly thirty years, also termed the bill's modification to public employee collective bargaining as "radical changes,"   and said more time was needed for stakeholders to absorb it.

La Follette has ten days to give a bill the force of law through publishing.

La Follette conceded to WKOW27 News he can recall no occasion when he's declined a governor's request for more immediate publishing.

Judge Amy Smith will consider the request from Dane County officials for a temporary restraining order again Wednesday.

Assistant attorney general Steven Means called Smith's refusal Friday to halt the bill's progress "the right decision,"   and said county officials had failed to make their case for the temporary restraining order.

Republican senate leaders have said the senate's vote and all other steps involved in the bill's passage passed legal muster.    


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