First this note came from the SCFL facebook page 12:01 PM CST:
BREAKING NEWS! GOP legislators are moving to change the rules regarding publication of new laws. HEARINGS BEGIN IN 32 MINUTES!
At present, when the Governor signs a bill, the Secretary of State has 10 days to publish the new law, which then goes into effect.
The Governor wants to change the rule so that new laws go into effect the day after he signs them, published or not.
HEARINGS ARE IN ROOM 400 S.E. at 12:30 p.m.
Then this note 1:27PM CST:
Senate Bill 2 passed by 2/1 vote in the Judiciary and Labor Committee and now goes to the Senate.
If the Bill passes the Senate, it appears that the Secretary of State can no longer delay the Bill’s publication date, which means laws could go into effect on the day following passage.
With this sort of fast-tracking, I suppose we won’t see any more pesky checks and balances from the Secretary of State nor the judicial branch. I suppose that’s the point.
Let’s pause to remember what was up around March 11, 2011. The “bill” in question is Wisconsin Act 10:
La Follette said Walker has asked him to publish the bill on Monday, but that he will not do so.
“There’s too much happening…I think it would be prudent to wait a few days.”
Within that window of time Judge Sumi issued a preliminary injunction to halt publication of Wisconsin Act 10 until further order of the court. At least two lawsuits had been filed most notably over the WI GOP’s violation of the open meetings law. (Remember that 5 minute March 9th meeting last year with 1 hour and 50 minutes of notice?)
Typically a Wisconsin bill’s stop in La Follette’s office is a mere bureaucratic hoop to jump through. Suddenly that stop became a crucial act and an unbearable thorn in the side of the right wing.