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11:36 PM on 03/31/2011
2) To implement and ensure the public policy herein expressed, all meetings of all state and local governmental bodies shall be publicly held in places reasonably accessible to members of the public and shall be open to all citizens at all times unless otherwise expressly provided by law.
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11:33 PM on 03/31/2011
The reasoning for calling a 2 hour meeting before passing a collective bargaining law was political, not emergent. 24 hours is required, unless there is an emergency. If there is an ebola outbreak, this would be considered an emergency.
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11:27 PM on 03/31/2011
It is clear that none of the tr0lls have read any of the statutes. Because they are still here.
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11:24 PM on 03/31/2011
Secretary of State must issue notice to the reference bureau.

24 hours must be issued, unless in cases of an emergency, which 2 is allowed. The collective bargaining law was not an emergency.
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11:20 PM on 03/31/2011
13.92 (1) (b) 4

Publish each act on its date of publication. Upon receipt of notice from the SECRETARY OF STATE under s. 14.38 (10) (a), the bureau shall enter the act number, date of enactment and date of publication of each act on the camera-ready copy and deliver it to the contract printer for reproduction
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11:18 PM on 03/31/2011
quillerm

The problem is relatively easy to fix if only the Republicans were willing to follow the letter of the law. Fitzgerald had no authority to give notice to the reference bureau to publish the bill. That duty falls to the Secretary of State.

The law does not say 2-24 hours for an open meetings law. The law says less than 24 hours in an EMERGENCY only.
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MED1025
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02:02 PM on 04/01/2011
GOP emergency = We may lose a vote.
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captained50
08:59 PM on 03/31/2011
Hey s/w ......The "beatings" will continue until moral improves....... Brewjajajaja (in spanish)
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captained50
08:57 PM on 03/31/2011
Hey walker.....BREW HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA !
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toocoolfoschool1234
Stab your television. Get a guitar.
07:31 PM on 03/31/2011
What is the legal basis for the Judges challenge to the law? Anyone have a link? Please, no spam. I want information, not snarky comments or politically charged ranting.
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iowaboy2
07:41 PM on 03/31/2011
There was a question whether this law was passed legally under the Open Meetings law. The judge issued the injunction so that fact can be determined. The judge's ruling has nothng to do whether the law is constitutional or not.
02:37 PM on 04/01/2011
The judge has subsequently "declared" the law wasn't passed.

There is now nothing to decide on. If it wasn't passed, she can't determine if it was passed legally, can she?
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11:11 PM on 03/31/2011
To truly find the answer, you will have to invest a good hour in reading the statutes and the Wisconsin Constitution.

The Legislature broke statutes passed by previous legislatures. The Secretary of State gives notice for the reference bureau to publish the law, not the Majority Speaker in the Legislature.

The open meetings records law REQUIRES 24 hours notice before passing a law. In EMERGENCIES it must be at least two hours. My definition of an emergency is a problem that needs to be solved and remedied within a short time. Using an emergency law to pass a bill that is too happen long-term is NOT a proper use of the law. If the state of WI was underwater and the legislature needed to authorize a county official executive duties he or she may not have would be an EMERGENCY.
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toocoolfoschool1234
Stab your television. Get a guitar.
11:35 PM on 03/31/2011
I think I will pass on reading the statutes of the Wisconsin constitution. You broke it down pretty good. It's too bad that none of that information was in the article.
05:43 PM on 03/31/2011
"Walker administration will comply with judge's order halting collective bargaining law"

http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/article_0abe773a-5ba2-11e0-a42c-001cc4c03286.html

The duel is over; not with a bang, but a whimper.

It's in the court's hands now, and that's where it should be.

Amen.
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clutchkill
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05:37 PM on 03/31/2011
We're "wiiiiiining"..
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11:17 AM on 04/01/2011
wHO IS THE WE?
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clutchkill
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11:53 AM on 04/01/2011
Me and Charlie sheen. :)
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Mara Para
04:30 PM on 03/31/2011
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel endorsed Scott Walker for governor last year. Today their editorial board writes this:

"A stench remains over the manner in which Republicans in the Legislature rammed through the bill. It was passed amid overwhelming acrimony earlier this month...."

"Rather than resolving the matter in court, the appropriate venue, the Walker administration moved ahead anyway ...."

"Here's what should have been clear from the start: There is a cloud hanging over th new law - one that could be resolved either by taking up the matter again in the Legislature or through the courts. But it should not be resolved by ignoring the judge's clear order."

It is ASTOUNDING to read this negative opinion from an editorial board that had previously endorsed Walker for governor. Walker and state Republicans are quickly losing support across the state.

There is NO mandate for Republicans to enact odious legislation under acrimonious conditions AND TO then thumb their noses at Wisconsin's courts. Fair-minded Wisconsin folk do not like bullies.

When editorial boards are wagging their fingers at the guy they endorsed, it is time for Scott Walker to examine his behavior and evaluate his political future. I hope he is doing that today. I hope the Fitzgerald brothers are doing that today.
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Arbutus
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08:50 PM on 03/31/2011
Well said. And this from a very conservative newspaper.
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quillerm
03:58 PM on 03/31/2011
It use to be illegal for people to buy off politicians for political favors, in respect to Public Service Unions they can guarantee future salary and benefit increases by voting in more democrats in return for campaign cash. The only suckers in this cozy relationship are Wisconsin's taxpayers, they get to pay ever higher taxes to fund both Union Bosses and corrupt Democrat Politicians. The American people are getting wise to this scam so Union days are numbered.
04:44 PM on 03/31/2011
Or have we found angels in the form of walker. Let history answer that question. If what you say is true why would the unions allow the intellectually challenged walker and his merry band of thieves to be elected? Except in very large cities, unions have little influence over local elections. Most cities or towns have a city manager, who by birth is anti-union. Negotiations are carried out by the local gov with the unions. So please stop letting your alligator mouth overload your hummingbird rear end.
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Brainstormy
Still waiting for the trickle-down.
01:28 AM on 04/01/2011
Obi was always my hero. You make good sense, too. That gets you fanned an fav'd by me. (Some angel, that Walker)
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Arbutus
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08:52 PM on 03/31/2011
Unions support candidates who support labor. Businesses support candidates who support management. What's the big surprise here? And don't we have the freedom to support whomever we want?
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quillerm
03:37 PM on 03/31/2011
Having taken time to read Wisconsin's Laws regarding Separation of Powers, the Legislative Branch has sole power to deal with legislative procedural matters, the Judicial Branch has no authority to intervene . This whole issue is based on the issue that legislation can be voted upon within 2 -24 hours of given notice. Once again this is a 'procedural' issue and the Judicial Branch has no authority to render a Judgement. The Legislative Expert on process advised the Governor of this fact and stated the vote was in fact appropriate. What is this Judge up to? Why won't the media print the truth?
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Mara Para
04:14 PM on 03/31/2011
You are just wrong, wrong, wrong. If American citizens, Wisconsin citizens cannot go to court to get relief from a tyrannical government, then this is no longer the United States of America.

The judicial branch is co-equal to the legislative and administrative branches of American and Wisconsin state governments. The legislature CAN TRY to make laws for themselves, laws that the politicians of the legislature THINK will exempt them from the laws others must abide by, BUT any Wisconsin citizen can question those laws and ask a court for a DECISION based on Wisconsin's Constitution and other existing laws.

You will know what Judge Sumi IS UP TO when she delivers her decision. I suggest you go to her courtroom tomorrow or you can try to watch the hearing live. I hope to watch it on Wisconsin Eye as I watched the hearing on Tuesday.

If Scott Walker and the Fitzgerald brothers disagree with Judge Sumi's decision, they have the right to appeal it. THAT is how our system of government works in Wisconsin.

NO ONE SHOULD BE ABOVE THE LAW. The legislative branch creates laws, the administrative branch implements those laws and the judicial branch ENFORCES those laws. Let's see what happens next.
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lisakaz2
Da ministero dell'interno di Snark.
05:33 PM on 03/31/2011
You're full of it. Judges always rule on the legality of what legislatures do.