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Wisconsin Supreme Court Reinstates Union-Busting Bill


Republican state legislative leaders had previously said that if this order did not come down the pike today, they would re-pass the bill in a manner that was not vulnerable to the procedural challenge at issue here.

The legal matter revolves around a key conference committee used to advance the bill -- and to get around the state Senate Democrats' walkout from the state -- and whether it violated the state's Open Meetings law by failing to give proper 24-hours notice.

In late May 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 was therefore not valid.

Previously 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.