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Wis. asks court to acknowledge union law in effect


Madison (AP) -- The Wisconsin Department of Justice is asking a judge to vacate a temporary restraining order blocking the secretary of state from enacting a law taking away nearly all collective bargaining rights from most state workers.

The Department of Justice filed documents Monday, saying the March 18 restraining order is no longer needed since the Legislative Reference Bureau published the law Friday.

Gov. Scott Walker's administration says the bureau's action wasn't covered under the court order and the posting on its website allowed the law to take effect Saturday.

But the head of the bureau and other attorneys say the action was purely procedural and Secretary of State Doug La Follette still must act.

The Justice Department also asked to withdraw its appeal of the court's decision granting the order.

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