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Collective bargaining bill to go into effect June 29


MADISON (WKOW) -- The controversial collective bargaining bill is expected to go into effect by the end of the month.

Secretary of State Doug LaFollette tells 27 News he will publish the bill on June 28th and it will become law on June 29th.

On Tuesday, in a 4 to 3 decision, the state Supreme Court overturned a temporary restraining order issued by a Dane County judge blocking the law from being published. The court sided with Republican arguments that blocking the law was a separation of powers issue.

The law limits most collective bargaining rights to nearly all state workers.

Gov. Walker says the law will help close the state's budget gap.

Wisconsin Department of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch says, "The Department is moving forward with plans to implement Act 10. In the coming days, I will be working with my staff to set a timeline and develop a plan for increasing state employee pension and health insurance premium contributions. Based on initial discussions, the soonest that the change could appear on state employee paychecks is late August. 

"With regard to local government employees, I will also be setting a timeline for pension contributions," Huebsch said. "However, the timing of changes to the health insurance premium contributions of local government employees will depend on when existing contracts expire and the status of any current contract negotiations."

Huebsch says the state will not be applying the provisions of Act 10 retroactively.

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