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  1. Standard member wittywonka
    Chocolate Expert
    26 Mar '11 01:40
    Looks like the balance of power is well distrubuted across the three branches of
    Wisconsin government.


    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin officials couldn't agree Friday about whether
    an explosive law taking away nearly all public worker collective bargaining rights
    was about to take effect after a nonpartisan legislative bureau published it despite
    a court order blocking publication.

    The Legislative Reference Bureau's action was noted on the state Legislature's
    website Friday, sending confused lawmakers and legal experts scrambling to
    determine what's next for the measure that has brought waves of chaos to the
    state since it first was proposed by Gov. Scott Walker.

    Legislative Reference Bureau director Steve Miller insisted the action doesn't mean
    his action will result in the law taking effect Saturday. He says that won't actually
    happen until Secretary of State Doug La Follette orders the law published in a

    "It's not implementation of all," Miller said. "It's simply a matter of forwarding an
    official copy to the secretary of state."

    But La Follette wasn't so sure, saying it wasn't clear what the action means.

    "I think we're going to have to get some legal opinion on this," he said.

    And Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said the action means the
    law takes effect Saturday.

    "It's my opinion it's published, it's on the legislative website, it's law," Fitzgerald said.

    A judge last week issued a temporary restraining order blocking any further
    implementation of the law while the court considers challenges to its approval. The
    order specifically blocked La Follette from publishing the law.

    But the Reference Bureau said it's still required to publish every new law within 10
    working days after it's signed by the governor, on the date designated by the
    secretary of state.

    Walker signed the collective bargaining measure March 11 and La Follette had
    designated Friday as the date of publication. But after the judge's restraining
    order, La Follette had sent a letter to the Reference Bureau saying he was
    rescinding his setting of that as the publication date.

    Walker's top aide Mike Huebsch, secretary of the Department of Administration,
    issued a statement saying he had been notified that the law had been published.

    "The administration will carry out the law as required," Huebsch said.

    John Jagler, a spokesman for Republican Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald, said
    he assumed the action means the law takes effect on Saturday.

    Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne, who filed the lawsuit challenging the
    law that led to the restraining order, did not immediately return a message
    seeking comment.

    The new law requires nearly all public sector workers, including teachers, to
    contribute more to their pensions and health insurance, changes that amount to an
    average 8% pay cut. It also strips them of their ability to collectively bargain for
    anything except wages no higher than inflation.
  2. 27 Mar '11 00:47
    too bad the new law doesn't fix the public employee retirement age at 67, as per what the rest of us get.
  3. Subscriber AThousandYoung
    It's only business
    27 Mar '11 22:46
    Originally posted by zeeblebot
    too bad the new law doesn't fix the public employee retirement age at 67, as per what the rest of us get.
    Retirement? What's that? Isn't it a myth, like owning your own home, or having job security?

    Come on, this is reality, not TV.