(MADISON, Wis.) -- Chalk up a big win for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and his fellow Republicans who championed a controversial law that virtually kills the collective bargaining rights of state workers.
The state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a committee of lawmakers did not violate Wisconsin's open meetings law when it hurriedly pushed through the statute earlier this year. The decision overturns a ruling by a Dane County judge who the court said exceeded her jurisdiction by stopping the publication and implementation of the collective bargaining law.
Walker said the law was necessary to balance the state budget while its opponents maintained it was simply a union-busting measure intended to weaken a constituency that supports Democrats in general elections.
The law spurred massive protests in Madison last February as Senate Democrats fled the state for three weeks to prevent a vote from occurring. However, Republicans removed fiscal parts of the law, enabling the Legislature to pass it without the Senate Democrats present.
Since then, supporters and opponents of the law have scheduled recall elections for this summer that could affect the balance of power in the Legislature that might allow Democrats to repeal the law. Meanwhile, there are a number of lawsuits pending to stop the law's implementation.
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