On March 11, Gov. Scott Walker signed a measure limiting the union’s capacity to pick the pockets of WI taxpayers through collective striking.Â Â On March 18, crooked Judge Sumi (yes, she’s as crooked as a dog’s hind leg) issued a Temporary Restraining Order preventing the Secretary of State from publishing the law, a step required before the law can become effective.
But today, March 25, the Legislative Reference Bureau published the law, stating that they are required to publish every new law within 10 working days of the Governor’s signature.Â Now that the law has been published, it will take effect on Saturday, March 26, effectively circumventing Judge Sumi’s inappropriate ruling.
Governor Walker’s office says the administration will enforce the law as required.
Once again, the WI legislators prove their spines are not made of jelly.Â Good for them.Â If the Fleebaggers don’t like it, they can blow it out their squeekholes.
*Updated for more information via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
â€œA controversial bill limiting collective bargaining for public workers has been officially published despite a temporary restraining order barring its publication by one state official.
The legislation was published Friday with a footnote that acknowledges the restraining order, but says state law â€œrequires the Legislative Reference Bureau to publish every act within 10 working days after its date of enactment.â€
The restraining order was issued against Democratic Secretary of State Doug La Follette, but the bill was published by the reference bureau. The reference bureau was not included in the temporary restraining order.
Laws normally take effect a day after they are published, and Gov. Scott Walkerâ€™s administration is proceeding as if it takes effect Saturday.
â€œToday the administration was notified that the LRB published the budget-repair bill as required by law,â€ said a statement from Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch. â€œThe administration will carry out the law as required.â€
La Follette and the two top officials at the reference bureau â€“ Chief Stephen Miller and Deputy Chief Cathlene Hanaman â€“ could not be reached Friday. The Legislature is run by Republicans, but the reference bureau is a nonpartisan agency widely respected by both political parties.
John Jagler, a spokesman for Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald (R-Horicon), said he presumed the law would take effect Saturday. He said he did not know if the speaker spoke with the reference bureau about the matter before it was published.
The publication of the law came the same day a third court action was filed challenging Walkerâ€™s budget-repair law that sharply curtails union bargaining by public employees.â€
*Update for actual text of regulatory language, found at 35.095 (3)
(3) PUBLICATION. (a) The legislative reference bureau shall publish every act and every portion of an act which is enacted by the legislature over the governorâ€™s partial veto within 10 working days after its date of enactment.
(b) The secretary of state shall designate a date of publication for each act and every portion of an act which is enacted by the legislature over the governorâ€™s partial veto. The date of publication may not be more than 10 working days after the date of enactment.
(c) Copies of each act or portion of an act enacted by the legislature over the governorâ€™s partial veto shall be available on or before its date of publication to subscribers under s. 35.87 who pick up their documents. At appropriate intervals, the officer designated under s. 35.87 shall certify to the secretary of state that each act or portion of an act was available to subscribers on or before its date of publication.
It is possible that this liberal judge’s habitual contempt for the law will be the petard upon which she is hoist. She was, as is typical for libs, ignorant as to the enacted law, unconcerned with what the law said, as she intended to rule as she chose regardless of the actual law, and arrogant with regard to her own authority.
Hence, she carelessly ruled that the Secretary of State was prohibited from publishing the law, but that was never the job of the Sec. of State. The Sec. of State only set the date for the publication, according to the law, the Legislative Reference Bureau is responsible for publication.
Hubris. It’s good seasoning on schadenfreude. But let’s not begin scratching each others backs, yet, my dears. I’m certain that the unions are already preparing another request for yet another left-wing judge to set aside the will of the elected representative gov’t of WI. Let’s just hope the successive efforts are as helplessly incompetent as the Fleebaggers and the crooked Judge.