The Associated Press is reporting that the Wisconsin Supreme Court has overruled Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi, and allowed Republican Governor Scott Walker’s labor reforms to go into effect.
“In a 4-3 decision, the court said Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi overstepped her authority when she said Republican lawmakers violated the state’s opening meetings statutes in the run-up to passage and declared the union rights law void,” the AP reports.
The Wall Street Journal quotes some tough language from the ruling: “One of the courts that we are charged with supervising has usurped the legislative power which the Wisconsin Constitution grants exclusively to the legislature.”
Recently re-elected Justice David Prosser – whose defeated opponent, JoAnne Kloppenburg, only recently concluded an expensive and pointless recount effort – wrote a concurring opinion.
“The Supreme Court’s ruling provides our state the opportunity to move forward together and focus on getting Wisconsin working again,” said Governor Walker via Twitter.
The law had been blocked by a temporary restraining order from Sumi first. She then attempted to void the law. The Wisconsin Justice Department got an expedited hearing from the State Supreme Court, and it looks like Walker’s collective-bargaining reforms will go into effect on schedule July 1.