Hearing could clarify if collective bargaining law is in effect
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin court hearing could offer some kind of clarity on whether a new law eliminating most of state workers' collective bargaining rights has gone into effect.
Republican Gov. Scott Walker's administration insists it has, while other state and municipal leaders dispute that. A court hearing is scheduled for Tuesday morning.
The latest over the collective bargaining law began Friday when the nonpartisan Legislative Reference Bureau published the law by posting it on a website. Walker said that was all that was needed for it to take effect.
Typically, a law goes into effect when it's published by the secretary of state, but Democrat Doug La Follette had been prevented from taking action by a temporary restraining order.