Fight Over Wis. Union Law Heads to Court

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A Wisconsin court will hear arguments Tuesday over the controversial law eliminating collective bargaining for state workers. At issue is whether the law has gone into effect and should be enforced.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker argues the legislation is now binding, but other state and municipal leaders say they want some clarification about the measure.

Laws usually go into effect when the secretary of state publishes them. However, a restraining order has prevented the Badger State's current secretary of state from publishing the new law.

A non-partisan group has posted the law on a website and Walker says that's good enough. But others have maintained the law is not in effect until the state secretary acts.

Walker's administration said it was moving to implement the law Republicans pushed through earlier this month despite massive protests that drew up to 85,000 people to the state Capitol and a boycott by Democratic state senators.

Walker's top aide, Mike Huebsch, said the administration was preparing a computer program to take out the new deductions and stop the deduction of union dues on paychecks state workers will receive April 21. The Department of Administration would stop that work if a court determined the law didn't take effect Saturday, Huebsch added.

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