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Dane County Judge Issues Temporary Restraining Order Blocking Walker's Budget Repair Bill

1:01 PM, Mar 18, 2011 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Shortly after abruptly voting to sharply curtail collective bargaining for public employees, senators boarded a Madison city bus and Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs stationed himself near the driver to tell him where to go, according to video from the bus released Friday. [...]

Protesters quickly surrounded the bus, banged on it and briefly followed it as it drove away from the Capitol. [...]

Tim Donovan, a spokesman for the Capitol Police, said he could not comment on why the senators were taken away by bus or any other security matters. Republican senators have faced death threats amid the protests, which have been massive but peaceful.

Can you imagine what the security situation would have been if 24 hours' notice had been given to protesters? There's a good chance that protesters would have shut down the capitol and made it physically impossible for senators to get in or out of the building.  So, if for some odd reason that the legislature's rules requiring no notice (other than a bulletin board posting) don't apply in this case, it seems that the vote met the Open Meetings law's requirement to provide two hours' minimum notice. I'm curious to find out why Judge Sumi doesn't think so.

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