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Court wants arguments for taking up union law

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Supreme Court has asked attorneys for reasons why it should take up a lawsuit challenging Gov. Scott Walker’s divisive collective bargaining plan.

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne has filed a lawsuit alleging Republican legislators violated Wisconsin’s open meetings law during debate on the plan before Walker signed it into law in March. Judge Maryann Sumi has blocked the law from taking effect while she considers the lawsuit.

The state Justice Department last month asked the Supreme Court to take the case and rule that Sumi doesn’t have the authority to block a law before it takes effect.

The court on Wednesday asked for briefs from each side on why it should consider the lawsuit. The court says it intends to hold oral arguments on June 6.

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