Friday, March 18, 2011

Wisconsin Judge Blocks Collective Bargaining Bill From Becoming Law

Dane County Circuit Court Judge Maryann Sumi has blocked the collective bargaining bill that was passed last week in the Wisconsin Legislature. Her judgment was in response to a suit brought on by the District Attorney alleging that the bill was violated the state’s open meeting laws.

“I would hope the Republicans would take this as an opportunity to sit down with democrats and negotiate a proposal we could all get behind,” said democrat Sen Jon Erpenbach, one of the 14 senators who stayed in Illinois for three weeks in an attempt to stop the bill from passing. (Source: Yahoo News)

So I guess it is OK for these 14 senators to run away from their responsibilities, but once things happen the way they don’t like them they file a suit in a court that has been friendly to the unions. This is the same judge that wouldn’t order the teachers back to school when it became clear their actions were disrupting education.  I also find it interesting that now they want to negotiate when it has become clear their desires to stop this bill completely won’t work through the normal process.

Here are a few more viewpoints from the right side of the blogosphere.

Legal Insurrection: Prof Jacobson says fine, let’s just pass it again. As a Professor of law at Cornell, he thinks the ruling might be weak.

Patterico also has a little something, something. Read the comments to his posting, they are good.

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