In the latest move that showcases Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s utter disregard for the law, the anti-union Republican says he will implement a controversial law stripping public workers of collective bargaining rights after it was published in apparent violation of a court order blocking the legislation.
Republicans claim the law goes into effect today after it was published by the state’s non-partisan Legislative Reference Bureau. The attorney for the the bureau says the action was “just procedural” and the law can’t take effect until the court cases are resolved but Walker says he plans to implement the law, court order or not.
Walker’s efforts to gut the state’s public employee unions has sparked a national debate and spurred similar anti-union efforts in other Republican-led states. Protests at the Wisconsin State Capital have brought more than 85,000 into the streets of Madison and similar public rallies around the nation.
The governor’s actions led to Senate Democrats fleeing the state to block a vote and court order last week that temporarily restrained Walker from implementing the law. But the legislative bureau published the law at 3:15 p.m. Friday and Republicans claim that publication, which they encouraged, means the law takes effect today.
Bureau director Steve Miller says the publication doesn’t mean the law takes effect Saturday and that the action was procedural. Walker, of course, disagrees and his office plans to start enforcing the law.
But Secretary of State Doug La Follette says publication by the legislative bureau means nothing because the law can’t take effect until he publishes it in a newspaper which the court order specifically prohibits.
La Follette says he doesn’t plan to do anything until the courts issue a final ruling.
The final decision on the law lies with the State Supreme Court
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