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Judge Blocks Anti-Union Law

This isn't victory, but it's a start. A judge in Wisconsin has issued a temporary order blocking Governor Walker's bill to end collective bargaining, which was illegally passed during the night without any Democrats present.

A Wisconsin judge on Friday issued a temporary order blocking the state's highly controversial new law stripping the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions.

Judge Maryann Sumi of Dane County issued the order in response to a request by District Attorney Ismael Ozanne (D). As The Associated Press summarized, Ozanne contended that the legislative committee that passed the bill "met without the 24-hour notice required by Wisconsin's open meetings law."

I believe it will be very difficult for Governor Koch to defend the bill in court for two reasons. One, they met without the 24-hour notice required by open-meetings law. And two, the bills passed by the conference committee, assembly and state senate actually contained differences, meaning the bill that Walker signed into law most likely wasn't legal.

We'll see what happens next.