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Collective Bargaining Law Published In Wisconsin, LRB Does The Deed

March 25, 2011

More legal hurdles have been created.  This is most remarkable…or insane.

 Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair law has been published by the Legislative Reference Bureau, even though a judge issued a temporary restraining order blocking publication by the secretary of state.

The action was noted on the Legislatures home page just before 5 p.m. Friday. It’s not immediately clear whether the publication has the force of law. But if the publication is legal, the law takes effect Saturday.

A judge last week issued a temporary restraining order blocking Secretary of State Doug La Follette from publishing the law.

But the Reference Bureau says it is required to publish every new law within 10 working days after it’s signed by the governor.

Gov. Scott Walker signed the measure taking away collective bargaining rights on March 11.

Walker’s office says the administration will carry out the law as required.


Then there is from AFSCME Council 24 SEPAC

It appears that the Walker administration feels they have found another way around the law by having the Legislative Reference Bureau publish the Act rather than the Secretary of State. The TRO ordered the SOS to NOT publish the Act until a hearing was held. It did not order the LRB from not publishing the Act. Wisconsin Act 10 WAS PUBLISHED on March 25th (Today)…

The below disclaimer is printed on the first page of Wisconsin Act 10:

* Section 991.11, WISCONSIN STATUTES 2009−10 : Effective date of acts. “Every act and every portion of an act enacted by the legislature over the governor’s partial veto which does not expressly prescribe the time when it takes effect shall take effect on the day after its date of publication as designated” by the secretary of state [the date of publication may not be more than 10 working days after the date of enactment].

† Pursuant to section 35.095 (3) (b), Wis. Stats., the secretary of state designated March 25, 2011, as the date of publication for this act. On March 18, 2011, the Dane County Circuit Court enjoined the secretary of state from publishing 2011 Wisconsin Act 10 until further order of the court. Section 35.095 (3) (a), Wis. Stats., requires the Legislative Reference Bureau to publish every act within 10 working days after its date of enactment.

  1. March 27, 2011 6:48 PM

    Just a note, a prediction until we see what happens Monday and Tuesday… the LRB printed the bill, they did not “publish” it. The Fitzwalker cabal could better have had Kinko’s do the work since they wouldn’t have exposed themselves to contempt of court charges and to the contempt of voters (left and right) who are growing tired of their pomposity and posturing, their puerile shenanigans. Again, the bill was printed, not published, and I’m predicting that’s what the courts must find.

  2. March 25, 2011 10:46 PM

    Gov Walker and his cohorts have gone off the deep end. See more at: And also concerning budget cuts to education at:

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