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Supreme Court issues ruling enacting collective bargaining law


MADISON, WI (WHBL) - The Wisconsin Supreme Court Tuesday has overturned a Dane County judge's ruling and reinstated the divisive collective bargaining law.

The high court says a committee of lawmakers were not subject to the state's Open Meetings Law, so they didn't violate it while quickly approving the plan, which limits collective bargaining for many public employees.

Justices also found that Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi, "usurped the legislative power which the Wisconsin constitution grants exclusively to the legislature."

In a statement, Governor Scott Walker says, "The Supreme Court’s ruling provides our state the opportunity to move forward together and focus on getting Wisconsin working again."

Attorney General JB Van Hollen issued a statement calling it a victory for the Wisconsin Constitution, "I filed this Petition for Supervisory Writ to reinforce the separation of powers doctrine. The Court has vindicated our arguments that the Dane County Circuit Court overstepped its Constitutional authority when it sought to invalidate the Budget Repair Bill on the basis of an alleged violation of the Open Meetings Law.” 

You can view the entire written decision here.