March 25, 2011- It just keeps getting stranger in Wisconsin.
You may recall that, just last week, a Wisconsin judge issued a temporary restraining order blocking the publication of the controversial anti-collective bargaining law, thereby denying Governor Walker the ability to enforce the law until a fuller hearing can be held on the issue.
That hearing is set to begin on Tuesday, March 29th.
Despite the court’s order, the law was published today by the Legislative Reference Bureau and posted on the state legislature website.
While the director of the Bureau, Steve Miller, insists that his publication of the law will not bring it into effect until such time as Secretary of State Doug La Follette publishes the law in a newspaper, not everyone agrees – including Mr. La Follette who indicated that he would have to get some legal advice on the issue before weighing in.
It was Mr. La Follette who was barred by the court from publishing the law pending a further hearing.
Republican Senate Majority Leader, Scott Fitzgerald, is less conflicted. “It’s my opinion it’s published, it’s on the legislative website, it’s law.” Fitzgerald’s brother, Jeff, the Majority Leader in the State Assembly, parroted his big brother by issuing a statement indicating that he assumed the law would now take effect tomorrow.
It would seem that court orders mean absolutely nothing to the two top legislators in the state.