Recording of BILL HALTED! – Judge Sumi: I am issuing restraining order halting implementation of this act.
Dane Co. DA Ozanne: Files complaint for open meetings law violations
After receiving verified complaints in relation to an open meetings law violation by a joint committee of the State Legislature last Wednesday, Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne announced he has filed a complaint in the Dane County Circuit Court charging violations of the open meetings law in an effort to vindicate the interests of the public in ensuring governmental bodies at all levels adhere to all of the requirements of the open meetings law.
“Once this office received a verified complaint, which is needed by statute to give us jurisdiction, we began an investigation,” said District Attorney Ozanne. “Our investigation has found merit in the verified complaints, which allows us to commence this litigation. This litigation does not address the merits or the wisdom of the legislation.”
From Daily Kos UPDATE: A little explanation of the DA’s strategy. This complaint is a civil action, and lawmakers have a constitutional privilege from civil process during legislative sessions. Final resolution of this civil action is not likely to happen before March 25th, the date the Secretary of State intends to publish the bill and then it becomes effective the next day. Thus, the DA is seeking an injunction to stop the bill from becoming effective, to prevent this measure from becoming law before the court determines whether the open meeting laws and constitution etc were violated and warrant a voiding of the actions. In other words, the DA is trying to ensure that the court faces the issue of voiding a measure that is not yet effective. The DA is also seeking a finding that named defendants violated the open meeting law knowingly as this would support his request for penalties of $300 forfeiture as well as payment of court courts and attorney’s fees.
Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi has set an 8:30 a.m. start for a hearing on Dane County DA Ismael Ozanne’s request for a temporary restraining order to block a bill that makes sweeping changes to collective bargaining rights of public employees.
By BYRON TAU | 3/17/11 1:24 PM EDT
The Wisconsin Democratic Party has filed an official complaint against Gov. Scott Walker with a state watchdog agency.
Democrats allege that Walker met Republican pollster Frank Luntz in late February inside the governor’s office, in violation of state law.
“You absolutely, positively cannot hold these kind of plotting sessions with Republican operatives in the people’s house,” said Mike Tate, chair of the state party. “These are cut-and-dry violations.
Read more: Politico
Gov. Busted in Isthmus challenge to supporters emails
The office of Gov. Scott Walker has agreed to a settlement in a lawsuit brought by Isthmus newspaper and the Wisconsin Associated Press over access to emails sent to the governor in response to his “budget repair bill.” The settlement requires the governor to produce the emails and pay attorney fees for the plaintiffs’ costs in bringing the suit.
Over two weeks after receiving a request from One Wisconsin Now, Walker’s administration has refused to release details of its contacts with lobbyists from Koch Industries, run by billionaire arch-conservatives Charles and David Koch. read more The REAL Koch Bros. all email and written communications between Koch Industries’ lead Wisconsin lobbyist and the office of Gov. Scott Walker and the Department of Administration,” but has not yet received the information.