As pointed out by both MAL and the ever-brilliant illusory tenant, the anti-union bill proposed by Republican Governor Scott Walker and ramrodded through a vote by Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald may not actually be law, despite statements by Walker and Fitzgerald that the law will take effect today. The law was published by the Legislative Reference Bureau, which by state law must public bills within ten days of passage, but the issue seems far from being settled.
Publication of the law by the Secretary of State had been halted after Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne filed suit against publication of the law, arguing that the law was passed in violation of the state’s open meetings law. Dane County Circuit Court Judge Maryann Sumi issued an injunction preventing publication of the law, stating:
I do, therefore, restrain and enjoin the further implementation of 2011 Wisconsin Act 10. The next step in implementation of that law would be the publication of that law by the Secretary of State.
While it’s been argued Judge Sumi’s order preventing publication of the law didn’t apply to the Legislative Reference Bureau, it seems pretty clear from her order that any further implementation of 2011 Wisconsin Act 10 (such as publication of the law by the Legislative Reference Bureau) was barred by Judge Sumi’s order. Just because a partisan hack and legal lightweight like Scott Fitzgerald says something is law doesn’t make it so.