UPDATE: Van Hollen Won't Continue to Seek Hold on Ruling

UPDATED Friday, March 15, 2013 --- 10:11 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says he will not ask the Wisconsin Supreme Court to consider putting on hold a lower court's ruling that threw out major portions of the law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public unions.

Van Hollen's decision Friday comes after a state appeals court on Tuesday refused to issue a stay.

Van Hollen says he is focused on the merits of the case which is pending before a state appeals court. He says he is confident the entire law will ultimately be upheld.

The appeal comes to a ruling last year that overturned the law as it pertained to school and local government workers in Madison and Milwaukee. There is confusion over whether the ruling affects just those two cities or is statewide.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


UPDATED: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 --- 4:50 p.m.

A statement from Dana Brueck, spokesperson for the Wisconsin Attorney General's Office:

We asked the Court of Appeals to stay the district court order and are disappointed that it did not do so. On the other hand, the Court of Appeals expressly recognized that our position has a high chance of success on appeal and rejected out of hand any suggestion that the circuit court decision has the same precedential, statewide effect as a published appellate decision. We will take all of these factors into account when deciding whether to continue seeking a stay at the next level.


Posted Tuesday, March 12, 2013 --- 3:20 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin appeals court has refused to put on hold a judge's decision repealing major parts of Gov. Scott Walker's law effectively ending collective bargaining for most public workers.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen asked the 4th District Court of Appeals to place the September ruling of Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas on hold while an appeal is pending. Colas refused in October and the appeals court on Tuesday upheld that decision.

The appeals court says it sees "no basis to set aside the circuit court's decision that a stay was not warranted."

A spokeswoman for Van Hollen did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Last year's ruling overturned the law as it pertained to school and local government workers.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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