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MADISON, Wis (WSAU)  - The Wisconsin State Supreme Court upheld Act 10, the state law that limits the collective bargaining rights of state employees. The law from three years ago sparked protests at the state capital and led to the recall attempt against Governor Scott Walker. The court's ruling in favor of Act 10 was 5-2. Justice Michael Gableman wrote the lead opinion, which was also signed by Justices David Prosser, Pat Roggensack and Annette Ziegler. Justice Patrick Crooks concurre...

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Dress-code for lawmakers part of new assembly rules

Wisconsin State Capitol at night
Wisconsin State Capitol at night

MADISON (WSAU)   You’ll no longer see your state legislator wearing an orange solidarity T-shirt during debates on the Assembly floor. Representatives approved a dress code for themselves yesterday, as part of the Assembly’s operating rules for the new session. Men must wear coats-and-ties at their desks on the Assembly floor – and women must wear appropriate business attire. If they don’t, they won’t be allowed to take part in that day’s debates.

In the last session, Democrats showed their opposition to public union bargaining limits by wearing orange solidarity T-shirts on the Assembly floor. And most Democrats apparently want to keep that privilege. Only one Democrat supported the new dress code when Republicans pushed it through on a 59-to-37 vote.

Also, the Assembly tried to put a clamp on the disruptive behavior by spectators that was common in the last session. Visitors will not be able to use cell-phones, wear hats, or eat food in the galleries. Democrats called those unconstitutional restrictions on the people’s right to watch their government – but Republicans said the Assembly needs to bring some type of decorum to their chamber.

Also yesterday, Assembly leaders agreed to set time limits for debating each bill, to avoid the all-night meetings that were common in the last session.