In an another incredible twist, today the Legislative Reference Bureau has published the collective bargaining bill, meaning it could take effect tomorrow, March 26th.
A controversial bill limiting collective bargaining for public workers has been officially published despite a temporary restraining order barring its publication.
The legislation was published Friday with a footnote that notes the restraining order, but says the law "requires the Legislative Reference Bureau to publish every act within 10 working days after its date of enactment."
The publication of the law means it will take effect Saturday.
The restraining order was issued against Secretary of State Doug La Follette, not the reference bureau. La Follette is a Democrat and the Legislature is run by Republicans, but the reference bureau is a nonpartisan agency widely respected by both sides.
One week ago, Judge Maryann Sumi issued a temporary restraining order blocking Secretary of State Doug Lafollette from publishing the bill.
A lot of questions surround this latest maneuver, and no one seems clear about what the implications are of the Legislative Reference Bureau publishing the law, in lieu of the Secretary of State.
Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, who famously warned the GOP about their violation of the Open Meetings Law has issued a statement in response to today's action.
Official publication by the Secretary of State is required for this act to go into
effect. The Secretary of State, the only Constitutional officer with the power to
publish law, is prohibited by court order from publishing this Act.