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Wis. judge set to hear arguments in union lawsuit


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Madison judge is set to hear arguments in another lawsuit challenging Gov. Scott Walker's divisive collective bargaining law.

Democratic Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk's lawsuit alleges Republican lawmakers illegally convened a meeting to amend the plan on two hours' notice. She also contends the state Senate lacked enough members to pass the proposal after minority Democrats fled to Illinois.

State attorneys counter Republican lawmakers are immune from lawsuits while the Legislature is in session. They argue, too, that a judge can't interfere with the legislative process.

The two sides will make their cases in front of Judge Maryann Sumi Wednesday afternoon.

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne and public unions have filed lawsuits challenging the measure as well.

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