A Dane County circuit judge issued a ruling Thursday morning striking down the recently passed law that eradicates most collective bargaining rights from Wisconsin public sector workers.
Judge Maryann Sumi ruled that Republican legislators violated Wisconsin’s open meetings law during the run-up to the passage and that such a move rendered the law void.
It is unclear what immediate effect Judge Sumi’s decision will have on the law. The Wisconsin Supreme Court has until June 6 to decide if it will take up the same matter, and lawmakers could also pass the law again, this time in accordance with the open meetings law.
The bill has become a focal point of Gov. Scott Walker’s legacy in Wisconsin and many viewed the state’s fight as emblematic of the larger Republican battle to privatize nearly every aspect of government function.
Any ruling will likely be appealed, but in the short term this is at least a symbolic victory for all those battling against the Republican war on the middle class.
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