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DA: Judge rightfully blocked union law

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne (AP Photo/Pool, Mark Hoffman)

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne filed a brief Tuesday arguing a judge can block publication of statutes that flow from a clear violation of the open meetings law. (AP Photo/Pool, Mark Hoffman)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin prosecutor says a judge properly blocked publication of a contentious new collective bargaining law.

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne has accused Republican lawmakers of violating the state’s open meetings law during debate on the proposal. Judge Maryann Sumi on Friday issued an emergency order halting publication of the law, the last step before it can take effect.

The state Justice Department filed documents on Monday with a state appeals court arguing that Sumi improperly stopped the legislative process.

Ozanne filed a brief Tuesday arguing a judge can block publication of statutes that flow from a clear violation of the open meetings law. A prosecutor’s power to enforce the open meetings law would other be “eviscerated.”

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