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DA adds arguments to uphold union law block

Judge Maryann Sumi issues a temporary restraining order barring the publication of a new law that would sharply curtail collective bargaining for public employees Friday during a hearing in Dane County Court in Madison. Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said Wednesday it would be premature for an appeals court to review whether an emergency order blocking publication of the law was properly issued. (AP Photo/Pool, Mark Hoffman)

Judge Maryann Sumi issues a temporary restraining order barring the publication of a new law that would sharply curtail collective bargaining for public employees Friday during a hearing in Dane County Court in Madison. Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said Wednesday it would be premature for an appeals court to review whether an emergency order blocking publication of the law was properly issued. (AP Photo/Pool, Mark Hoffman)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin prosecutor says it would be premature for an appeals court to review whether an emergency order blocking publication of the state’s new collective bargaining law was properly issued.

Democratic Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne has accused Republican lawmakers of violating the state’s open meetings law during debate on the plan. Judge Maryann Sumi issued an emergency order last Friday blocking the law’s publication.

The state Justice Department contends Sumi meddled in the Legislature’s affairs and wants permission to appeal.

Ozanne said in briefs filed Wednesday Sumi has set a full hearing for next week on the order and nothing suggests she issued it recklessly.

A number of unions, including the state’s largest teachers union, filed a request Wednesday to join the lawsuit.

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