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Wisconsin Judge To Rule Soon On Walker Bill

Thursday, April 14th, 2011 at 7:35 am

A judge says she will issue a decision this week on a lawsuit challenging Gov. Scott Walker’s collective bargaining law. The judge may opt to dismiss the lawsuit, which states that the Budget Repair Bill’s passage violated the open meetings law.

Wisconsin Department of Justice attorneys argued yesterday that the lawsuit by Democratic Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk should not be allowed to move forward. Many believe the open meetings law was not violated, and feel this lawsuit is frivolous because Governor Walker’s Repair Bill has yet to take effect.

Falk alleges that Republican lawmakers illegally convened a meeting to amend the plan on only two hours’ notice. She also contends the state Senate lacked enough members to pass the proposal after minority Democrats fled to Illinois.

Earlier this month the same judge issued an order putting the law’s enactment on hold while she considered whether the open meetings law was violated. She says she will rule in a day or two.

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