MADISON, Wisc. (CN) – With another legislative trick, Wisconsin’s Republican rulers published the state’s new anti-union law on Friday, despite a judge’s restraining order prohibiting it.
A Dane County judge last week restrained the secretary of state from publishing the so-called Budget Repair Bill – the last step needed before it can take effect – so the state’s Legislative Reference Bureau published it instead. Republicans said that makes the law effective Saturday.
The judge’s order did not restrain the Legislative Reference Bureau from publishing the law – only the secretary of state’s office.
The bill, Special Session Assembly Bill 11, prohibits public unions from collectively bargaining for anything other than wages.
See Courthouse News’ Friday story on the chaos, written before the latest twist in the curious saga.