The Dane County District Attorney's office has stated that a temporary restraining order was issued on Friday by a Wisconsin Judge Maryann Sumi halting the budget repair law that reduces the collective bargaining rights of most public employees reports CNN.
Gov., who signed the initiative into law last week, said he was confident the the budget repair law would eventually prevail in the court system. "This legislation is still working through the legal process. We are confident the provisions of the budget repair bill will become law in the near future," Cullen Werwie, the governor's press secretary, said in a statement. Republican lawmakers say the law will help Wisconsin close a $137 million budget shortfall by requiring public workers, except police and firefighters, to cover more of their retirement plan contributions and health care premiums.
State Senate Democrats, who fled the state in protest, called the law an "attack on workers" and filed a complaint with the Dane County district attorney alleging that the Senate's Republican vote violated Wisconsin's open meetings law. The ruling came in response to a lawsuit filed by District Attorney Ismael Ozanne In the lawsuit, Ozanne alleges that the Joint Committee of Conference, which resolves differences in legislation passed by the Senate and Assembly, failed to give a 24-hour public notice of its March 9 meeting, despite the objection of state Rep. Peter Barca, D-Kenosha. State Senate Democrats returned Saturday to cheering crowds and vowed to continue the fight.
Judge Maryann Sumi's order enjoins Wisconsin Secretary of State Douglas La Follette from publishing the new budget repair law "until further order of the court." Secretary-Treasurer Stephanie Bloomingdale of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO praised the ruling. "In Wisconsin, we have a democracy, and rules need to be followed. No one is above the law, including Scott Walker," Bloomingdale said. "This is definitely a move in the right direction for working people in Wisconsin to uphold worker rights and also to uphold democracy in Wisconsin and America."