Supreme Court Upholds Collective Bargaining Legislation–Rules Judge Sumi Violated the Constitution by Striking Down Legislation

In a 4-3 decision on Tuesday June 15, 2011, the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued an order allowing the controversial collective bargaining law to go into effect. The Supreme Court overturned Dane County Circuit Court Judge Maryann Sumi’s decision to block the implementation of the law. The Supreme Court found in its ruling that Judge Sumi […]

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Three Petitions against Democratic State Senators Certified by GAB

The Government Accountability Board (GAB) voted to certify recall petitions against Senator Jim Holperin (D- District 12), Senator Robert Wirch (D- District 22), and Senator Dave Hansen (D- District 30). State law requires the recall elections be held on the sixth Tuesday after the petitions are found to be sufficient. If there is a primary, […]

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Wisconsin Budget Bill Set to Come Before Assembly

Wisconsin legislators’ plan to balance the state’s budget is largely written and is set to come before the Assembly Wednesday, June 15. GOP lawmakers and Governor Scott Walker agree on the outlines of the bill that will close a $3 billion deficit in the state’s main account over the next two years by holding the […]

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Voter ID Bill Becomes Law

Gov. Scott Walker recently signed into law legislation – Assembly Bill 7 – which requires voters to present identification before they vote. The law also ends straight ticket voting and strengthens absentee voter requirements. The law requires that anyone voting in a particular district must have resided in that district for 28 days. Previously, living […]

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Joint Finance Committee Passes Budget Bill; Legislature to Vote Soon

The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) voted along party-lines (12-4) passing the 2011-13 budget bill. The final two nights were marred by protestors disrupting the proceedings. Below is a snapshot of some of the changes made by the JFC to Gov. Scott Walker’s original bill: A provision that creates a domestic production tax credit for manufacturers […]

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Dane County Judge Strikes Down Budget Repair Bill; Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments

Dane County Circuit Court Judge Maryann Sumi issued a permanent restraining order last week striking down the controversial collective bargaining legislation, 2011 Wisconsin Act 10. In her decision, Judge Sumi ruled that the State Senate violated Wisconsin’s open meetings law. As a result, Judge Sumi issued a temporary restraining order that prohibited Act 10 from […]

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Six Senate Republican Recall Petitions Certified for July 12; Three Senate Dems Face Recall Elections a Week Later

The Government Accountability Board (GAB) has certified recall petitions for six Republican Senators – Sens. Robert Cowles (Green Bay); Alberta Darling (River Hills); Sheila Harsdorf (River Falls); Randy Hopper (Fond du Lac); Dan Kapanke (La Crosse); and Luther Olsen (Ripon). Those elections will take place on July 12. GAB officials went to court last week […]

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments on Collective Bargaining Bill

The Wisconsin Supreme Court heard arguments today on whether to take up a lawsuit over the Wisconsin collective bargaining law (2011 WI Act 10).   The Wisconsin Supreme Court heard both the appeal of the Wisconsin Department of Justice on the original temporary restraining order (TRO) as well has final decision released by the Dane […]

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WI Judge Gives Extension to Review Recalls Against Democratic Senators

Dane County Circuit Court Judge John Markson last week gave the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board extra time to review three remaining recall petitions against Democratic senators. Originally, the deadline for review expired on June 6. The deadline for review has now been pushed to June 10, 2011. As a result, the earliest the recall elections for […]

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GAB Approves Recall Elections for Republicans

Government Accountability Board (GAB) has approved recall elections for Wisconsin Republican Senators Robert Cowles (Allouez), Alberta Darling (River Hills), and Sheila Harsdorf (River Falls). Six Wisconsin GOP senators are almost certain to face recall elections this summer. The consideration of petitions against Democratic Senators Robert Wirch (Pleasant Prairie), Jim Holperin (Conover) and Dave Hansen (Green Bay) […]

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