Wednesday, March 30, 2011

How Many Times Do You Have To Tell Them?

A judge in Wisconsin has blocked the new law that limits collective bargaining rights for public employees. If that sounds like you’ve heard it before, you have. It’s the second time that the judge has issued an injunction. The state went ahead and put it into effect anyway, and it’s not over yet.

“Further implementation of the act is enjoined,” said Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi.

She noted her original restraining order issued earlier this month was clear in saying that the state should not proceed with implementing the law. The Walker administration did so after the bill was published Friday by a state agency not included in Sumi’s earlier temporary restraining order.

“Apparently that language was either misunderstood or ignored, but what I said was the further implementation of Act 10 was enjoined. That is what I now want to make crystal clear,” she said.

But minutes later, outside the court room, Assistant Attorney General Steven Means said the legislation “absolutely” is still in effect.

The judge is also threatening sanctions and further legal action against the state for defying the order.

Damned activist judges. Who do they think they are?

HT to TPM.