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Wis. DA contends union law not in effect

Madison (AP) -- A Wisconsin prosecutor insists the state's contentious new collective bargaining law is not in effect.

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne has filed a lawsuit alleging Republican lawmakers violated the state's open meetings law during debate on the plan. Judge Maryann Sumi has blocked the secretary of state from publishing the law, the last step before it can take effect.

But the Senate's Republican leader on Friday asked the nonpartisan Legislative Reference Bureau to post the law on the Legislature's website. Republicans say that move amounts to publication and the law is now in effect.

Ozanne, a Democrat, argues in briefs filed Monday evening that the law can't be published without the secretary of state's participation since that office sets the publication date. A hearing is set for Tuesday.

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