Judge Blocks Wisconsin Anti-Union Law (But Does It Matter?)

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A Wisconsin judge has blocked the controversial anti-union legislation signed into law by Governor Scott Walker last week. (The law has yet to be published by the secretary of State and so isn't yet in effect.) Judge Maryann Sumi indicated that she's likely to find in favor of the Dane County District Attorney, who claims that Republicans violated the state’s open meetings law requiring 24 hours notice before a joint committee of the Senate and Assembly considers legislation. Republicans reportedly gave only two hours' notice when they passed the bill earlier this month. However, assuming Republicans still have the votes, they could presumably just pass the law again while providing proper notice. That is, unless enough Republicans have been spooked by the recall efforts underway against them.

Dane County judge halts collective bargaining law [All Politics/Journal Sentinel]
Wisconsin Officials Ask State Court to Block Law Curbing Union Bargaining [Bloomberg]