M.U. Law Professor Calls Publishing of Law Unconstitutional
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MILWAUKEE - In Racine Friday evening, there was a huge protest against the collective bargaining law.
And people at the rally were even more upset after news the bill had been published by an office called the Legislative Reference Bureau.
But Marquette constitutional law professor Edward Fallone insists says that bureau does not have the power to turn a bill into a law.
"The Legislative Reference Bureau is a research library service," Fallone said. They do not have the authority under the constitution to publish a law."
Professor Fallone says under the constitution, you cannot take powers away from the Secretary of State, the person whose job it is to publish a law.
"And suggesting that now this gives legal effect to the law, because they have in effect printed a copy of it, which is their job, to print copies of the law... it strikes me as a desperate move."
The professors says he believes this may be a move to discourage protesters by making people think the process is over, when it isn't.
"For political purposes it might be a smart move. For legal purposes, I can't understand it at all," he said.