Thursday, May 26, 2011


that Wisconsin law - the one that stripped firefighters, nurses, and teachers' rights and pensions - the one Governor Scotty Boy Walker (left) pushed through while the capital was under siege?

Dane County Circuit Court Judge Maryann Sumi has struck it down!

good on you, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Maryann Sumi!

In a 33-page decision Thursday, Sumi ruled that the March 9 meeting of the state Legislature's Joint Committee of Conference violated Wisconsin's Open Meetings Law and that the budget bill "consequently has no force or effect."

The governor's bill, Wisconsin Act 10, has been a source of controversy for months now, eliminating nearly all collective bargaining rights for those public employee union members. Walker, a Republican, had proposed the measure in response to state budget deficits.

However, the law could not go into effect because of a temporary restraining order put in place in March by Sumi.

Sumi, in her ruling March 18, would not allow Secretary of State Doug La Follette to publish the law. At the time, she said a legislative committee violated the Open Meetings Law when it approved a new version of the governor's budget bill during the March 9 meeting.

Sumi reaffirmed her ruling in her decision Thursday.


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