On Friday, Dane County Circuit Judge MaryAnn Sumi issued a restraining order stopping publication of a law signed last week by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) severely restricting state employee’s right to collective bargaining. The restraining order halts the procedural step essentially blocking the measure, which would go into effect once it is formally published.
The judge issued the order after Dane County’s Democratic District Attorney Ismael Ozanne filed a suit alleging the joint committee of the legislature violated the state’s open meeting law when it abruptly called a session to get the measure passed last week.
While Sumi’s ruling does not speak to the legal merits of the law, it states that Ozanne’s suit must be completed before the publication can move forward.
Phil Neuenfeldt, president of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO, praised the judge’s action in an interview with the Associated Press, “Judge Sumi confirmed today what we knew all along — that the bill stripping hundreds of thousands of hard-working Wisconsinites of their voice on the job was rammed through illegally in the dark of the night.”
Sometimes the beauty of the system works. Sometimes men like Governor Walker, who think they can run a blind campaign deceiving the voters and then push through an agenda to destroy Unions because they believe they are the bane of everything good and wholesome in America’s free market system are checked, just as the state constitution was designed.
If Walker has proven anything, he’s proven one thing, he’s going to be a one term governor.