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Wisconsin Judge Strikes Controversial Collective Bargaining Law

Posted Sep 14, 2012 5:44 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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In the latest development in a continuing legal battle over a controversial Wisconsin law that eliminated collective bargaining rights for most local government and school workers, a state court judge Friday declared the law null and void.

However, a spokeswoman for Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said the state believes the law is constitutional and plans to appeal the ruling by Dane County Judge Juan Colas, according to the Associated Press and the Journal Sentinel.

The judge held that the law violates both the Wisconsin and U.S. constitutions. It has ignited a firestorm of controversy, both pro and con, and led to an unsuccessful effort to recall Gov. Scott Walker—who promoted it—from office.

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