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  La Follette delays collective bargaining bill as Democratic senators prepare to return
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Last EditedHomegrown Democrat  Mar 11, 2011 09:47pm
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News DateSaturday, March 12, 2011 02:30:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionState senators left the state for three weeks. Assembly members forced a marathon, 61-hour debate in their chamber. Now, Secretary of State Doug La Follette will join the list of Democrats delaying Gov. Scott Walker's controversial bill to limit collective bargaining for public employees.

Walker signed the bill early Friday, but it doesn't take effect until the secretary of state publishes the proposal, and La Follette said he would not publish the law until March 25 to allow time for legal challenges to move through the courts. Laws don't take effect until one day after they are published with the Legislative Reference Bureau.

Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk and County Board Chairman Scott McDonell sued Friday to prevent La Follette from publishing the measure, saying the votes leading to the law's passage were illegal and the bill is unconstitutional.

Dane County Circuit Judge Amy Smith declined to issue a temporary order preventing La Follette from publishing the law. But she scheduled a hearing on the matter for Wednesday.
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