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UPDATE: Democrats assert law violation in Senate action

MADISON (AP) -- Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz has authorized the city attorney to pursue any legal actions that might be filed over the state Senate's passage of a bill Wednesday night taking away collective bargaining rights from public workers.

City attorney Mike May says in an e-mail he sent to the mayor and city council members that in his opinion a committee meeting called before the Senate took action was in violation of the state open meetings law.

State law requires at least 24 hours notice of a meeting, unless there is an emergency which allows for just two hours notice.

Wednesday's 6 p.m. meeting was noticed at 4:10 p.m. Senate Clerk Rob Marchant said under Senate rules, no notice was required other than posting it on the legislative bulletin board.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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MADISON (AP) -- Wisconsin Democrats claim Republicans violated the state open meetings law with a hastily convened meeting before the Senate passed a bill that takes away most collective bargaining rights from nearly all public workers.

State law requires at least 24 hours notice of a meeting, unless there is an emergency which allows for just two hours notice.

Wednesday's 6 p.m. meeting was noticed at 4:10 p.m. Senate Clerk Rob Marchant said under Senate rules, no notice was required other than posting it on the legislative bulletin board.

But open meeting law attorney Robert Dreps says the Senate didn't show that there was an emergency allowing for the 24-hour notice to be ignored and even if that had been shown the two-hour requirement was violated.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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