On Thursday Gov. Walker said that he would acknowledge the ruling handed down by Judge Sumi blocking the implementation of Act 10, better know as the “collective bargaining bill.” The judge has blocked the implementation of the bill stating that “Based on the briefs of counsel, the uncontroverted testimony, and the evidence received at the March 29, 2011, evidentiary hearing, it is hereby DECLARED that 2011 Wisconsin Act 10 has not been published within the meaning of (state statutes), and is therefore not in effect.” Put more clearly, Judge Sumi has ruled that the collective bargaining bill can not be implemented because its passage violated the State’s “open meetings” laws. Further, there are no more scheduled hearings on bill until May 23rd.
The ruling has been met with celebration for the Democrats, public sector unions, and their supporters. Republican lawmakers on the other hand are disappointed with the ruling and what they view as a judge “interjecting herself into the legislative process with no regard to the state constitution.” This according to Assembly Speaker, Jeff Fitzgerald. DOA secretary Mike Huebsch, while not using as strong of language as Mr. Fitzgerald expressed his disappointment stating “while I believe the budget repair bill was legally published and is indeed law, given the most recent court action we will suspend the implementation of it at this time.”
On a related matter, recall efforts spurred by the controversy of the collective bargaining bill collected its first Senate member today. Sen. Dan Kapanke (R-La Crosse), is the first Senator to be have enough signatures collected against them to trigger a recall election. Efforts remain underway to recall 7 more Republicans and 8 Democrats.