In it, but not of it. TPM DC

Wis GOP Prepared To Reintroduce Collective Bargaining Bill In Budget Negotiations


To be clear, Republicans have always had the option of re-passing the law, but have resisted doing so. In recent weeks, however, Gov. Scott Walker and legislative Republicans have begun to talk up the idea, as the court actions dragged on.

The legal matter revolves around a key conference committee used to advance the bill -- and to get around the state Senate Dems' walkout from the state -- and whether it violated the state's Open-Meetings law by failing to give proper 24-hours notice. Therefore, it is a ruling on procedural grounds, rather than on the substance of the bill itself.

In late May Dane County (Madison) Judge Maryann Sumi -- who had previously blocked Wisconsin's controversial anti-union law from taking effect, pending litigation -- officially ruled that the manner in which the bill was passed violated the state's Open Meetings law, and that the law itself is therefore not valid.

In mid-March, Sumi blocked the law on these procedural grounds, issuing a temporary restraining order on the grounds the plaintiff, the Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne (D), had a likelihood of success in his complaint.

The Walker administration then made multiple attempts to disregard the ruling and implement the law anyway, before ultimately backing down in the face of repeated orders.