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Wis. bureau chief says his agency can publish law

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The chief of the state’s Legislative Reference Bureau says he believes the agency can publish laws independent of the secretary of state.

The bureau published the state’s contentious new collective bargaining law on Friday. The law’s opponents contend the bureau couldn’t publish the law without a date from the secretary of state, who is under a restraining order preventing him from moving toward publication.

Bureau Chief Stephen Miller testified in court that he believes the bureau must publish laws within 10 days of the governor signing it.

Miller acknowledged that the bureau has never published a law without a date from the secretary of state in his 12 years as bureau chief.

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