Wisconsin union law published despite court order

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Posted: Mar 25, 2011 7:12 PM
Wisconsin union law published despite court order

Wisconsin officials can't seem to agree on whether the publication of its law stripping public employee collective bargaining rights is about to take effect.

The nonpartisan Legislative Reference Bureau published the law Friday despite a court order that had blocked the secretary of state from doing so. Publishing a law typically allows puts it in effect.

But the head of the bureau says its action was purely ministerial and wouldn't result in the law taking effect. Steve Miller says the law won't actually take effect until Secretary of State Doug La Follette orders it published in a newspaper.

La Follette, though, says it's not clear what the action means.

Gov. Scott Walker's office says it's been notified that the law had been published and will carry it out as required.