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Wisconsin Supreme Court accepts Madison Teachers, Inc. v. Scott Walker case

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MADISON (WKOW) ---- The Wisconsin Supreme Court voted to take on 4 new cases including Madison Teachers, Inc. v. Scott Walker.

The court will look at the changes made to the collective bargaining law and the 2011-2013 state budget.

The 4th District Court of Appeals in April asked the Supreme Court to take it, noting ongoing uncertainty about the law's status.

The Court of Appeals says, "We certify this appeal because of its sweeping statewide effect on public employers, public employees, and taxpayers and because of the need to clarify and develop law relating to associational rights and the home-rule authority of municipalities."

The Supreme Court decision will clarify the effect of Act 10 and help those on how to approach collective bargaining.  They hope the decision will also help settle pending cases from Act 10.

The Supreme Court could have sent the case back to the appeals court to rule first, but instead decided to hear it directly.

Upon hearing the news Friday afternoon, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen released this statement:

"I continue to believe Act 10 is constitutional, and I am pleased the Wisconsin Supreme Court will consider our arguments.  I look forward to the Court's prompt resolution of this litigation so that we can move forward."

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