Wisconsin Lawmakers To Vote On Controversial Bill If State Supreme Court Doesn’t Rule
Republicans in the Wisconsin legislature say they will vote on Gov. Scott Walker’s controversial proposal to limit collective bargaining rights this week if the state Supreme Court hasn’t ruled in the case.
Wisconsin state Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald told the Associated Press yesterday that the changes Walker is seeking will be added to the state budget as an amendment either today or tomorrow.
The collective bargaining amendment was released late Monday. A joint legislative committee planned to take it up today, before it is voted on in the Assembly.
Republican leaders have said for weeks that would be the plan if the law remained held up by the courts. Fitzgerald says he remains hopeful the Supreme Court will decide by midday, but the court has given no indication as to when it will rule on the case.
Meanwhile, opponents of the bill are likely to be protesting again in Madison this week. Wisconsin Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs told the Associated Press that he expects crowds to grow at the Capitol this week as the Legislature begins to debate the budget, but he doesn’t anticipate them to be as large as earlier this year.
Tens of thousands of people converged on the Capitol in February and March when the Legislature considered the bill.
Tubbs said people will be allowed to enter the building, but no signs will be allowed to be hung like they were before and no noise makers will be permitted.