April 19, 2014

Van Hollen asks appeals court to stay Act 10 ruling

Wisconsin’s Attorney General is moving ahead with efforts to block a Dane County judge’s ruling against a controversial collective bargaining law. Attorney General JB Van Hollen on Thursday asked the Court of Appeals to issue a stay on a decision by Dane County Judge Juan Colas, which found portions of the law limiting collective bargaining for public employees unconstitutional.

The move comes just days after Colas denied a similar request to stay his decision on Act 10 while the state files an appeal. In that ruling, Colas wrote that allowing the law to stay in place after he struck it down would violate the rights of workers.

Van Hollen contends the decision is likely to be overturned on appeal and a stay is needed to avoid confusion while the process plays out. The ruling only impacted bargaining powers at the local level and does not affect state workers.