Wisconsin Supreme Court Validates Collective Bargaining Law, Overturning Dane County Judge's Ruling
6:43 PM, Jun 14, 2011 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:
The earlier decision by a Dane county judge striking down the law was laughable at best.
To recap: this was a procedural argument. Democrats argued that Republicans had violated the open meetings law, which states 24 hours' notice should generally be given before public meetings, or 2 hours' notice when it's "impossible or impractical" to wait 24.
But the open meetings law also states that where it conflicts with legislative rules, the rules trump the law. And the rules state that during a special session--under which the legislature was convened this spring--that no notice other than a bulletin board posting is necessary. Republicans made such a posting and then they waited 2 hours just to be safe, though they may have only waited an hour and forty-five minutes.