Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi ruled today that the Wisconsin law passed on March 9 that takes away almost all collective bargaining rights from most state workers is invalid under the state's open meetings law, reports Andrew Beckett at the Wisconsin Radio Network.
Republicans scheduled with only two hours' notice a conference committee meeting to move forward a stripped-down version of the bill including the prohibition of collective bargaining. This action, Judge Sumi concluded, violated a law requiring lawmakers to give 24 hours notice before such meetings and thus caused the legislation to be entirely void.
The bill's proponents passed the bill 18-1 with no discussion or debate after nearly all Democrats had left the state to avoid a quorum.
Supporters of the law are expected to appeal to the Wisconsin Supreme Court in the next week. Republicans also may try to pass the bill again or place it in the state budget.