Judge Blocks WI Collective Bargaining Changes

Did Republicans in Wisconsin violate open meeting laws when they rushed through the dismantling of collective bargaining rules in Wisconsin last week? A judge today indicated that there's a good chance they did, issuing a temporary restraining order.

Judge Maryann Sumi issued the order to temporarily block the law as Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne had requested as part of his lawsuit. She said the order will stop publication until further order of the court.

Sumi said that while the order blocks the law's publication, she said she has no authority to prevent the Legislature from voting on the bill again.The state Department of Justice asked for a stay of the order, but the judge denied the request.

The Governor's office expressed confidence that the law is just fine.

The judge said she wasn't weighing the merits of the law in issuing the order."What I want to make clear is I make no judgments on merit of legislation," she said.

The law can't take effect until it's formally published, and the Democratic secretary of state said he plans to wait the full 10 days allowed to publish it March 25.