Last month, Sumi issued an order [JURIST report] clarifying that the temporary restraining order issued March 18 prohibits not only publication of the bill, but implementation of its provisions as well. Sumi's order was issued in response to debate among government officials [JURIST report] that the law went into effect after it was published on the Wisconsin Legislative Bureau's website. The lawsuit [complaint, PDF] over the bill alleges that Republican lawmakers did not follow the state's open meetings law [text], a rule requiring 24 hours notice—or two hours if there is an emergency—before a public meeting. District Attorney Ismael Ozanne [official website] filed the complaint [JURIST report] in an attempt to invalidate the law, which strips public unions of the vast majority of their collective bargaining right.
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