Mar 29, 2011

Further implementation of Act 10 is enjoined

Further implementation of 2011 Wisconsin Act 10 is enjoined.

"Now that I've made my earlier order as clear as it possibly can be, I must state that those who act in open and willful defiance of the court order place not only themselves at peril of sanctions, they also jeopardize the financial and the governmental stability of the state of Wisconsin," Sumi said. (Treleven and  Spicuzza in WSJ)

Judge Sumi, reading from the ACLU updates, appears to have laid down the law: Willful defiance of this [new] order will result in consequences.

TPM reports: "It looks like that judge whose restraining order was defied by state Republicans isn't sitting still for what happened."

From the AFLCIO blog: “Gov. Walker seems to think he’s a dictator who can ignore the laws of Wisconsin or trample of the rights of our workers in pursuit of his extreme overreach for absolute power,” said Phil Neuenfeldt, President of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO. “By attempting to unilaterally publish a bill and implement it as law in the face of a court order to the contrary shows Walker and his cronies completely unfit to govern the state of Wisconsin.”

"Wisconsin working families hope that Scott Walker and his Republican allies in the legislature will finally begin to respect our state’s judicial process and reverse any damage they’ve done to the working families of our state," said Stephanie Bloomingdale, Secretary-Treasurer of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO. "Wisconsinites expect their Governor and his administration to follow the law, and the fact that’s even up for debate shows their actions to be completely reprehensible.”

Wrote Sumi:
For the reasons stated on the record at the march 18. 2011, hearing conducted by the Court, as well as based on the testimony and evidence submitted at the March 29. 2011, hearing conducted by the Court, and pursuant to Wis. State (statute), Secretary of State Douglass La Follette, in his official capacity, is hereby ENJOINED from designating the date of publication for 2011 Wisconsin Act 10, or any further implementation of 2011 Wisconsin Act 10,
including but without limitation publishing in the official state newspaper, ... until further order of the Court.

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