March 28, 2011 12:25 PM
The bill to all but eliminate collective bargaining for public employees is not law yet. That's the opinion of City Attorney Mike May and just about any other credible lawyer with an opinion on the subject despite the back door attempt to publish the bill late last Friday.
Even the Legislative Reference Bureau, which was apparently bullied into "publishing" the bill on the web, says that its action doesn't make the bill a law. That can't happen until it's officially published by the Secretary of State, and the Secretary is prohibited from taking that action while a temporary restraining order issued by Judge Maryann Sumi is still in effect.
A hearing before Judge Sumi on the status of that TRO and the underlying case is set for tomorrow. In the meantime, the position of the City of Madison is that the bill (now in the form of an "act") has not been officially published and does not have the force of law.