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Judge dismisses lawsuit by Dane Co. Exec.

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Outgoing Dane County executive Kathleen Falk Outgoing Dane County executive Kathleen Falk

MADISON (WKOW) -- A Dane County judge has dismissed one of three lawsuits challenging Gov. Scott Walker's bill to end most collective bargaining rights for a majority of public employees.

Judge Maryann Sumi dismissed Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk's lawsuit, saying Falk does not have standing to bring the action. The judge says state law forbids an agency or arm of government like a county to challenge the constitutionality of state laws.

Another lawsuit filed by the Dane County district attorney remains. In that case, Sumi blocked enactment of the law earlier this month while she considers whether state open meetings law was violated in the process of passing the bill.

Attorney general J.B. Van Hollen considered bringing an appeal to the temporary restraining order.   But assistant attorney general Steven Means said such an attempt may have forced lawmakers in the case to waive their immunity to civil court action,  so Van Hollen opted to decline to appeal.

Through another legal avenue,  the state supreme court is considering whether to accept the case.

A third lawsuit challenging the law pushed by Gov. Scott Walker has been brought by firefighters and other public workers.

Click here to see the full Dane County court decision.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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