Wisconsin Union Law Published Despite Court Order

By SCOTT BAUER Associated Press

Wisconsin officials couldn’t agree Friday about whether an explosive law taking away nearly all public worker collective bargaining rights was about to take effect after a nonpartisan legislative bureau published it despite a court order blocking implementation.

The Legislative Reference Bureau took the action at 3:15 p.m. Friday, sending confused lawmakers and legal experts scrambling to determine what’s next for the measure that has brought waves of chaos to the state since it first was proposed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

Legislative Reference Bureau director Steve Miller insisted the action doesn’t mean the law takes effect Saturday. He says that won’t actually happen until Secretary of State Doug La Follette orders the law published in a newspaper, and a judge ordered last week that La Follette not do anything.

“It’s not implementation at all,” Miller said. “It’s simply a matter of forwarding an official copy to the secretary¬†
of state.”

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