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State Supreme Court Will Hear Challenge to Act 10

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has agreed to hear a lawsuit brought by two unions challenging the constitutionality of Gov. Scott Walker's law effectively ending collective bargaining for most public workers.

The Supreme Court announced Friday it was taking the case, after an appeals court made the request, noting ongoing uncertainty about the law's status.

The case was brought by unions representing Madison school teachers and city of Milwaukee workers.  A Dane County circuit judge last year overturned the law as it pertained to local government unions, but it was unclear if the ruling applied outside Madison and Milwaukee.

The Supreme Court decided to hear the case directly, instead of sending it back to the appeals court to rule first.

Marti was a reporter with WUWM from 1999 to 2021.