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Van Hollen: Budget repair bill is law

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MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) – The budget repair bill that limits collective bargaining rights for public employees in Wisconsin is officially law, according to the state Justice Department.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said Monday that the state would ask to withdraw its appeal of a judge's ruling temporarily blocking the secretary of state from publishing the law because the law is now in effect.

Van Hollen claims that the law was valid after the Legislative Reference Bureau published the measure on Friday. State statutes require the bureau to publish all measures within 10 days of being signed by the governor.

State lawyers also filed a motion asking Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi to vacate a temporary restraining order she approved March 18th blocking the secretary of state from publishing the law.

Sumi ruled the Legislature's Joint Committee on Conference illegally passed the measure with less than two hours notice in violation of the state's Open Meetings Law.

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