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Thursday, May 26, 2011, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Sumi struck down the hotly contested collective bargaining bill ruling that Republicans in the State Senate had violated Wisconsin’s open meetings law. Judge Sumi concluded that the Republicans violated the law because they did not give at least two hours notice to the public. The Wisconsin Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments on June 6, 2011. Republicans hope the Supreme Court will overturn Judge Sumi’s ruling and reinstate the law.
Showing valid photo identification is required to purchase alcohol, cough medicine and to withdraw money from a bank. Now a new Wisconsin law will require voters to show their photo ID on Election Day. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed the controversial legislation -- Assembly Bill 7 – into law Wednesday, May 25, 2011. AB7 requires photo identification at the polls and increases residency requirements.
Stating that he believes he can have more impact tackling our fiscal and economic challenges as Chairman of the House Budget Committee, Rep. Paul Ryan has announced he will not run for the U.S. Senate next year. "House Republicans have taken bold steps forward in tackling our fiscal and economic challenges – we have led, where others have not.
The Government Accountability Board (GAB) has published certified county-by-county recount results. Waukesha County is still counting votes, with a May 26 deadline to finish. Questions as to the security of the ballot bags have been addressed by GAB. “The ability to put a hand into a ballot bag is not by itself evidence of fraud,” according to a statement by GAB.
Sen. Pam Galloway (R-Wausau) this week introduced two bills that would allow individuals to carry concealed weapons. One would require a license to carry a concealed weapon while the other would not. Currently, those caught with a concealed weapon face a $10,000 fine and nine-month jail term.